by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut event in Sydney, Australia, UFC 110, was the second fastest sell-out in its history, according to the promotion. And that was without formally announcing the fight card.
“We knew we had an unbelievably passionate fan base in Australia, but we are blown away by the speed of the sell-out,” said UFC Managing Director of International Development, Marshall Zelaznik.
“What is even more incredible is that we completely sold out without even confirming a single fight on the card. Our fans trust us to bring the very best fights and fighters Down Under.”
The UFC late Monday night released six bouts for the Feb. 21 fight card, scheduled for the 16,500-seat Acer Arena.
Heading the card are a heavyweight bout between former interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and rising star Cain Velasquez, and the middleweight debut of Wanderlei Silva, who faces British superstar Michael Bisping.
The winner between Nogueira and Velasquez immediately vaults into a key position in the heavyweight division.
Once heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s health situation clears up, whether that means a return to fight or further surgery that will put him out indefinitely, the title picture will clear up. At that point, the winner of Nogueira/Velasquez is in a prime position to either move into an interim title bout, or challenge the winner of Lesnar vs. Carwin should that bout finally take place.
Other bouts announced include Joe Steven vs. George Sotiropoulos, Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader, Ben Rothwell vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, and Elvis Sinosic vs. Chris Haseman.
UFC 110 takes place live in Sydney on Sunday, Feb. 21, but the time difference will allow for it to air live on pay-per-view in the United States in the promotion’s usual Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.