by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
“You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City.”
The UFC will try to keep that attitude in mind when they bring the biggest MMA show in the world to Detroit at the Palace of Auburn Hills for UFC 123.
UFC president Dana White announced the location to MMAFighting.com on Wednesday after weeks of speculation. Sources close to the situation also confirmed Detroit as the locale to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Detroit was on a short list of cities vying for UFC 123 on Nov. 20, according to MMAWeekly.com sources. The other major finalist, Pittsburgh, was knocked out of the running because of scheduling conflicts.
The headline fight for UFC 123 will pit former light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida in the main event. More fights will be announced in the coming weeks, but welterweights Matt Brown and Rory MacDonald have already agreed to meet on the November card.
The UFC has visited Detroit before, prior to Zuffa, LLC taking over. UFC 9: Motor City Madness took place at the Cobo Arena in 1996, with UFC hall of famers Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn meeting in the main event.