With tickets on sale this Friday, the promotion on Monday confirmed the majority of its UFC 156 main card set for Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Leading the way is a UFC featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and challenger, and 145-pound first-timer, Frankie Edgar.
A heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva was also confirmed. It comes with a special stipulation, however, as Overeem is still serving out a nine-month Nevada Athletic Commission suspension.
Overeem’s sanction comes to an end as the year closes out, but he still has to go before the commission in January to receive approval for a license to fight in the state, so there are no gimmies. UFC officials wouldn’t book him if they weren’t all but sure he would regain licensure, but any promotion of the bout comes with the caveat “pending approval and licensing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.”
Other bouts firmed up for the UFC 156 pay-per-view portion of the fight card include former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and a bout between top welterweights Jon Fitch and Demian Maia.
“Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar is a fight the fans have wanted to see for a long time and on Feb. 2, the superfight is going to happen,” UFC president Dana White said. “Our fights on Super Bowl weekend are always some of the biggest and best and this year will be no different.
“In addition to the Aldo vs. Edgar featherweight title fight, we’ve got Alistair Overeem vs. ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, Rashad Evans vs. ‘Lil Nog,’ and Jon Fitch taking on Demian Maia.”
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