The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday made UFC on FX 1 official, announcing that it will return to Nashville on Jan. 20. Lightweight contenders Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller will clash in the night’s main event at Bridgestone Arena.
The event is the promotion’s first on the FX network, a live two-hour broadcast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
“For our first live event on FX, we wanted to deliver an incredible fight for the fans and Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller should be a war,” UFC president Dana White said. “These are two of the top ranked lightweights in the UFC and both have a lot on the line as they want to get back in the title picture.
“Miller is known for relentless pressure. There is absolutely no quit in him. He has won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards. Melvin Guillard is one of the most explosive athletes in the lightweight division. He has won the Knockout of the Night award twice. I expect more awards to be won in this fight.”
The Nashville card will also feature an exciting welterweight bout between Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Josh Neer, as well as an explosive heavyweight tilt pitting Pat Barry against Christian Morecraft.
UFCon FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets will be available at the Bridgestone Arena box office or online at www.bridgestonearena.com. Tickets are also available online at www.TicketMaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger locations.
Tickets went on sale Wednesday to UFC Fight Club members with another special offer to UFC newsletter subscribers on Thursday before opening up to the general public on Friday.
“The fans in Nashville better be ready for fireworks when me and Miller go at it,” Guillard said. “I see Fight of the Year written all over this one. I’ve got a lot of respect for him and I know how phenomenal he is inside the Octagon, but I’ve wanted this fight for a while and I’ll be ready. This is a great opportunity for me and I’m honored to be a part of history in headlining the first ever UFC on FX event.”
Miller sounds just as excited for this fight as Guillard, saying, “Melvin has proven that he’s a dangerous opponent, but he’s also proven that his weaknesses can cost him and his weaknesses are my strengths. You’ve got two of the best guys in the division in a fight that I highly doubt will go the distance. Don’t blink because this thing could end at any moment.”