UFC president Dana White said following UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz on March 16 that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would be returning to Boston this year, but didn’t reveal the date.
On Friday, White made the announcement via Twitter that the promotion’s return to Boston will take place on Aug. 17, and will coincide with the launch of the Fox Sports 1 channel.
“We are FINALLY going back to Boston at the TD Garden on Aug 17th for the launch of FOX Sports 1!! We are bringing a SICK card,” tweeted White.
The UFC has only gone to Boston one time before in Aug. 2010 with UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2. The event was headlined by the rematch between then-champion Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn.
UFC 118 drew a crowd of 14,169 in live attendance, and pulled a gate of just over $2.8 million.
Fox Sports 1, converted from Speed TV, will be in 90 million homes. The company has rights to college basketball and football, NASCAR, soccer and UFC.
The network is set to rival ESPN in sports coverage and Sports Center with FOX Sports Live, a nightly sports news segment at 11 p.m. ET.
The Aug. 17 launch will include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan International Speedway and the UFC event in prime time.
No fights have been announced for the Fox Sports 1 card, but more announcements are expected in the coming days.