by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has learned the scheduled dates of several upcoming mixed martial arts events that have not yet been publicly announced.
As previously announced, Pride’s next show in the United States will take place on February 24th, but Pride has also requested the venue of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas for a third U.S. show on April 28th.
Meanwhile, Spike TV has confirmed that the live season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5 (featuring BJ Penn vs. Jens Pulver) will take place on June 23rd.
Also, while not confirmed by Spike TV, MMAWeekly has learned that the next UFC Fight Night broadcast after the January 25th event is scheduled to take place on March 13th, and the next one after that will take place on April 5th as the lead-in to the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 5.
In addition, the previously open date in June on the IFL’s announced 2007 season schedule now appears to have been filled, as the IFL has formally requested the date of June 17th for an event at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
Finally, though it was reported on MMAWeekly several months ago, it has now been officially confirmed that UFC 68 will be taking place on March 3rd at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The show is actually being referred to as “UFC 68: Ohio 1” by the Ohio Athletic Commission. There will already be a lot of visitors in the Columbus area on that weekend due to the Arnold Classic bodybuilding event, and many of those visitors may also purchase tickets to the UFC event.
You can always find the latest information on scheduled dates and rumored line-ups for upcoming MMA events in MMAWeekly’s Rumors section, and you can find the specific TV or PPV listings for any particular event in our MMA Television Guide.