New York City’s Radio City Music Hall has seen some legendary acts enter its 6th Avenue doors. For the first time in history, the deafening cheers from fans watching a UFC event will echo through those world-famous halls. With the mega-card UFC 100 already sold out, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold a closed-circuit screening of this historic Pay-Per-View at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, July 11, hosted by UFC fighters Matt Hamill (fighting out of Utica, N.Y.) and Frankie Edgar (fighting out of Toms River, N.J.). Fight fans can watch all the action as the event will be broadcast in High-Definition on Radio City Music Hall’s 70′ x 35′ screen, marking the largest screen to broadcast a UFC event in history.
“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of the UFC to New York City with this unique viewing party,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Madison Square Garden Sports Properties. “New York’s passionate mixed martial arts fans will have the rare opportunity to come together and watch the historic event on our 70 foot screen at Radio City Music Hall.”
Tickets for the UFC 100 Viewing Party are on sale now and will be priced at $25 through July 3 (July 4 through the event they will be priced at $30). Tickets can be purchased at the Radio City Music Hall Box Office, Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.radiocity.com. Tickets are also available by Ticketmaster phone at 866-448-7849 or 212-307-7171.
The first 200 fans in attendance will gain access to the exclusive autograph session, featuring UFC fighters Frankie Edgar and Matt Hamill starting at 8 p.m. A Q&A session with the fighters that is open to all attendees will follow. Discounted food and beverages will be sold throughout the evening.
UFC 100 Viewing Party schedule:
8:00p.m. – 8:40 p.m. ET – Doors open/Exclusive autograph session for first 200 attendees
8:50 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. ET – Q & A session with UFC fighters and Host on stage
10:00 p.m. ET – Pay-Per-View screening/UFC 100 goes live!
“I started hearing about UFC 100 around UFC 90. I am blown away by how excited fans were for this event,” said UFC President Dana White. “So I made sure to stack this card with the greatest fights and greatest fighters in the world, and keep ticket prices consistent with our other big events. Once again, our fans responded with a record sellout. This is another great milestone for the UFC. And now, July 11 will feature not only an amazing live event in Las Vegas, but also our fans in New York City will experience a truly one-of-a-kind viewing party at the iconic Radio City Music Hall.”
In the UFC 100 main event, the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship will be decided when reigning titleholder Brock Lesnar faces interim champion Frank Mir in one of the most highly anticipated rematches in heavyweight history.
The co-featured bout of the evening will see UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre put his title on the line against feared striker Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, a man many believe has the style and size to dethrone the seemingly unbeatable champion.
And rounding out the trio of superfights is a pivotal middleweight matchup pitting the coaches of the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Dan Henderson and Michael “The Count” Bisping, against each other in a bout that will push the winner even closer to a 185-pound title shot.
If there’s a fighter that knows how to put on a show it is Summit, New Jersey born fighter Frankie Edgar. The 27-year-old lightweight fighter, who now trains in Toms River, shocked many in the mixed martial arts community with his dominating unanimous decision victory against former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk at UFC 98 in May. Edgar is 10-1 as a professional mixed martial artist and graduated from Clarion University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Utica, New York’s Matt Hamill has opened plenty of eyes in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. The 32-year-old former college wrestler knocked out Mark Munoz at UFC 96 in March and is becoming a true contender at the 205-pound class. Hamill, who happens to be deaf, is 6-2 in the UFC and remains a true inspiration.