The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced via its website that UFC 79, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, is completely sold-out.
The main event features a battle between Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre for the interim welterweight championship. This marks the third time the two will meet with each having a win over the other.
Hughes was originally slated to face fellow Ultimate Fighter coach and current welterweight titleholder Matt Serra, but Serra had to bow out due to a back injury.
“Obviously, the loss of Matt Serra was brutal, but the great thing about the UFC is that we can put together great fights like Hughes-St-Pierre at a moment’s notice and bounce right back,” said UFC president Dana White. “I have the utmost respect for both Hughes and St-Pierre for stepping up for this fight … the winner is going to face off next year against Matt Serra for the undisputed title.”
Also hi-lighting UFC 79 is a highly anticipated bout between former UFC champion Chuck Liddell and former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva.
The UFC also announced that it would hold a closed-circuit screening of UFC 79 inside the Mandalay Bay Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. PT.