The Ultimate Fighting Championship has aggressively expanded its brand across the globe the past couple of years, but they try to return to key locations as frequently as possible.
One key city in the United States that has hosted a UFC in the past, but hasn’t received a return visit yet is Chicago.
The third largest city in the U.S., Chicago played host to UFC 90, where middleweight champion Anderson Silva fended off the challenge of Patrick Cote. That was at the Allstate Arena in October of 2008.
The UFC could be back in the Windy City before that drought hits four years. At least that’s the word according a Friday report by the Chicago Sun-Times.
UFC president Dana White recently told the paper that they were exploring dates for this summer, quite possibly at the United Center. The arena is the home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, accommodating roughly 20,000 spectators depending on an event’s specific configuration.
MMAWeekly.com sources indicted that, while the United Center is “always on the radar,” finding a date that accommodates the UFC’s schedule in conjunction with the Bulls, Blackhawks, concerts, and other events at the arena is the greatest roadblock.
White said of a summer return to Chicago, “It’s tentative, but it’s lightly penciled in.” Our sources backed the tentative nature of a return this summer, saying that nothing is scheduled yet for Chicago.