The Ultimate Fighting Championship began in Denver nearly 20 years ago, but the promotion hasn’t operated a pay-per-view event in the Mile High City since “The Ultimate Ultimate” in 1995. Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, wasn’t even the owner back then.
UFC president Dana White, in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.com, says that the company he is part owner of, alongside Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, has long been on a course to return to Denver, but they wanted to do it the right way.
“We knew that we wanted to bring a big exciting card back to Denver, and we finally go it done.”
That big exciting card is UFC 135, scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Pepsi Center. The event features a main event with Jon Jones putting his light heavyweight championship on the line against former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The co-main event pits UFC Hall of Famer against inaugural “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez.
The card has fireworks written all over it. At a recent stopover in Denver to kickoff the event, White went one-on-one with MMAWeekly.com and Conner Cordova, talking about the fights and the thought process in returning to the Mile High City.
Watch the full interview below…