The Ultimate Fighting Championship is preparing for its return to New Jersey, and to kick things off, they’re once again thumbing their collective noses at New York politicians that continue to keep them out of their state.
While New York won’t allow the UFC to operate events on its turf yet, that doesn’t stop the company from heavily promoting the New Jersey-based event in New York City.
UFC on Fox 3 is set to launch with a press conference open to the public on Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. ET at Radio City Music hall in New York City. The main card fighters and UFC president Dana White will take to the stage before fans and media in the venerable venue.
Tickets then go on sale to the general public on Friday.
UFC on Fox 3 features a lightweight showdown between top contenders Jim Miller and Nate Diaz, as well as main card bouts pitting Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson, Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks, and Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher.
This third edition of UFC on Fox is the first to feature four bouts on the main card.
“For our third card on FOX, we have four great fights!” UFC President Dana White said. “Nate Diaz versus Jim Miller is the five-round main event and the winner will put himself in a position to fight for the title. Both of these guys fight at an incredible pace and are coming off great wins.
“We’ve got an amazing heavyweight fight between knockout artists Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson, as well as welterweight title contender fight between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. Johny just knocked out Koscheck’s training partner, Jon Fitch, and wants a title shot. To do it, he’s gotta get past Koscheck, who’s one of the best 170-pounders in the world. If that wasn’t enough, submission specialist Rousimar Palhares meets Alan Belcher in an exciting middleweight fight. I’m excited for fans in N.J. and N.Y. to experience the UFC live again.”
UFC on Fox 3 is slated for May 5 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.