by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship lands for another go around in the U.K., UFC 85
takes place on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, the company’s president,
Dana White, announced another expansion of the company’s reach in the U.S.
In a recent
interview with ESPN The Magazine, he stated that the UFC will hold an event in
September in Atlanta, Ga. White also indicated the event in Atlanta would mark
Chuck Liddell’s return to the Octagon.
venue was announced, sources indicate that the UFC will operate the September
event, expected to be dubbed UFC
88, at the Philips Arena. The venue is a 21,000-seat arena that recently
hosted its first mixed martial arts event, which was run by the American Fight
supposed to have headlined Saturday’s UFC 85 event, against Mauricio “Shogun”
Rua initially. Following a Rua knee injury, however, Rashad Evans stepped in to
face the former UFC light heavyweight champion. Then, for the first time in his
had to withdraw from the card due to a severe hamstring injury.
indicated in the interview that he would be making a significant announcement
next week that, he expects, will shake up the mixed martial arts world.
been no reliable information on what the announcement is, but most speculation
centers on a possible television deal that White has been working towards for
the past couple of years.