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UFC Fan Expo to Coincide with UFC 148 This July

Written on June 15, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC fan expo is set to feature more than 50 UFC and Strikeforce fighters

UFC officials have announced its lineup for this July’s UFC Fan Expo. This two-day fan festival will coincide with the upcoming UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II event. It is set to feature a star-studded lineup of more than 50 current UFC and Strikeforce fighters.

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Cain Velasquez’s Title Defense, Possible Headliner for UFC Houston

Written on May 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After being out of the active competition scene since last year, Cain Velasquez is possible to make an Octagon comeback on October.

Last Friday, UFC announced that their next Fan Expo will take place at Houston, Texas on October 7 and 8. The following day, Dana White hinted that they might have found the card’s main event. If people will based it on the UFC president’s reaction, a Cain Velasquez’s title defense is something that they’re taking into consideration.

Last year, Cain Velasquez was able to snatch the UFC heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar. However, he acquired a shoulder injury that requires mending — landing him out of the scene since then.

Dana White already alluded on the champion’s possible return earlier in the week. And with the UFC Houston event penciled for October, it seems like the right time for Cain Velasquez’s title defense.

Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos will battle for a shot on the title at UFC 131 on June 11 in Vancouver, after their TUF 13 coaching stint. Then, assuming everyone is healthy and good to go, UFC can set the title fight for the UFC Houston event.

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UFC Fan Expo for UFC 129, Packed With Past & Present Champions

Written on March 24, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Ready for UFC 129 Fan Expo? You should be, for you will meet the champions of the game.

The UFC officials has already released the list of fighters that will make an appearance in the upcoming UFC Fan Expo in Toronto. The list goes star-studded with several current and past champions.

The UFC Fan Expo will take place on the weekend of UFC 129 at Toronto Direct Energy Center on April 29 and April 30.

The list of fighters appearing at the expo includes UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, B.J. Penn, Chuck Liddell, Royce Gracie, Frank Mir, Rashad Evans, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Josh Koscheck, Ryan Bader, Stephan Bonnar, Shane Carwin, Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schaub, Jon Fitch, Miguel Torres, Anthony Pettis, Clay Guida, Joe Lauzon, Cole Miller, Sam Stout, Carlos Condit and the last “Ultimate Fighter” winner Jonathan Brookins.

“We’re excited to bring some of our top stars to Toronto for the UFC Fan Expo,” UFC President Dana White said. “This is going to be the biggest weekend not only in UFC history, but in the history of our sport. I’m looking forward to giving our fans once-in-a-lifetime access to our fighters at the Fan Expo.”

Tickets are on-sale now.

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UFC Sets July 2 for Las Vegas Event

Written on January 17, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship puts an 'X' mark on July 2 for its Las Vegas event. However, the July Fan Expo is not yet confirmed.

The UFC organization will hold an event on July, however the UFC Fan Expo is not yet on the list.

Close sources said UFC may not yet pursue a previously discussed July UFC Fan Expo event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center though the company still intends to host a fight card at the same place on July 2. Though the company has not yet confirmed the event, the July fight will most likely be UFC 132.

Sources could not say any significant insights on real reason why UFC hasn’t finalized booking of the first U.S.-based UFC Fan Expo of 2011, it is widely believed that UFC officials simply looks for a later date this year. It is because somehow the event coincides with the first-ever Canadian UFC Fan Expo together with April’s UFC 129 event.

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UFC Chosen as Best Positioned Property for 2011

Written on December 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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UFC attained a massive growth this year plus garnered prestigious awards like Best Promotion and Best Positioned Property. The promotion is truly a crowd's favorite.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship attained a good profile this year. The promotion got the best position for 2011 than any other sports organization.

The said conclusion was according to 1,100 senior-level sports executives who took part in the latest Turnkey Sports Poll. The UFC lead orgs such as the IZOD IndyCar Series, the X Games, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the United Football League (UFL) and the WNBA.

Voters, who come from the pro and college ranks, can choose from essentially every professional sports organization outside of veteran leagues such as MLB, NBA, NFL, NASCAR, MLS and the PGA. The UFC was the only mixed-martial-arts promotion available as a voting option.

The organization which ended the season with a ground-breaking UFC 124 earned three times as many votes as its competitors. UFC has hosted 24 events in 2010, which is the same number it hosted in its first six years of existence. This year alone UFC president Dana White was a featured speaker at both the Microsoft CEO Summit 2010 and the Oxford Union Society, and he won the 2010 “Game Changer Award” from the entertainment industry’s PromaxBDA organization.

Plus, the UFC again won the “Best Promotion” award on the 2010 World MMA Awards, and White again picked up the “Leading Man” trophy.

And as if 2010 wasn’t big enough, the UFC plans to host an additional eight shows in 2011, two new weight classes have been added thanks to the merge with WEC , and an expanded deal with Versus complements the promotion’s existing pay-per-view and Spike TV offerings.

The official Turnkey Sports Poll results included:

Which sports properties are you paying more attention to now than you did at the start of the year?

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Couture: Moving On from Fighting

Written on October 21, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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At his age, Randy Couture thinks that it is probably time to shift from one career to another. And he's making his way to the Hollywood side. After The Expendables, where will Couture be?

During the UFC Fan Expo in London, John Joe O’ Regan of Fighters Only Magazine was able to snatch an interview with Randy Couture. When the UFC veteran was asked to explain further his latest comment about his career in the future, he honestly answered that he’s not sure what to do yet. But he will definitely make more movies, and he is in fact started shooting for the sequel of The Expendables. And though Couture already said that he welcomes another fight, if something worth it is coming, he’s no longer up for a title match.

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Fighting Insider at UFC Fan Expo London October 2010

Written on October 19, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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In line with the much anticipated UFC 120 fight in London, UFC has also hit the Earl's Court Arena at the UFC Fan Expo. Check out to see what happened in the event.

Last October 15 and 16, The Ultimate Fighting Championship hits London during a Fan Expo at Earl’s Court Arena in London. And Fighting Insider was able to capture the sights and sound of the two-day event. The first day of the event started with a fighting demonstration from WBC World Champion, Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” […]

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UFC’s UK President Expects UFC 120 to Break the Record

Written on October 10, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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As UFC 120 approaches, fans and officials of the promotion gets a too giddy about it. It is expected to leave a mark as the first European event after a year. UFC hopes it exceeds the achievement of UFC 105.

The UFC 120 event marks the promotion’s most successful European show. The remarks came from UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik. He hosted a media conference call in anticipation of the upcoming October 16 event. This will take place The 02 in London, England, and airs via same-day delay on Spike TV. It is expected to make a record in UFC’s European history. It’s the first event after nearly a year.

The records are expected to be high next week. Since the UFC 105 event is a shot of success. The UFC 120 will be headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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UFC Weigh-ins on October 15 Plus White’s Q&A

Written on September 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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UFC's Weigh-ins for the UFC 120 will take place on Oct. 15 together with a public Q&A. Hosted by the master of all fighters, President Dana White. This is a good opportunity to raise the questions regarding the controversy surrounding UFC.

The weigh-ins for October’s “UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama” event will take place on October 15 at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England.

Plus UFC President Dana White will host a Q&A special for the UFC Fight Fight Club members all for free. This will be open to the public eye at 1:30 p.m. GMT local time, and the session starts 30 minutes after. The weigh-ins will begin at 4 p.m. GMT local time.

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