by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
With the UFC set to make its California debut this weekend for UFC 59 in Anaheim and then head down the road a few miles to Los Angeles for UFC 60 in May, it would appear that maybe perhaps the UFC is forsaking Nevada for California?
Not so if the official Nevada State Athletic Commission schedule has anything to say about it.
After UFC 60 on May 27th, the company is set to return to Las Vegas in a big way in June with no less than two, yes two, events proposed to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel/Casino for Spike TV.
Already set and approved is June 24th, but recently the UFC petitioned to have June 28th also added to the docket. How that most likely breaks down is one Ultimate Fight Night show and the Season 3 Finale of The Ultimate Fighter.
That would then segue into the company’s Nevada PPV return on July 8th for UFC 61 at the Mandalay Bay Resort/Casino. This event is most likely going to be headlined by Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz’s rematch as set up by TUF 3.
With July’s event approved by the NSAC, the UFC has gone ahead and also petitioned August 26th for the Mandalay Bay as the possible date/site for UFC 62.
With both Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin presently recovering from surgery, odds are one or both could be part of August’s card and defend their titles should everything go well with their rehab.
Currently no Spike TV events have been petitioned between July and August, but most likely if following the UFC’s recent history, there will most likely be at least one added between the two Mandalay Bay shows.
Regardless of what shows receive approval, this is shaping up to not only be the UFC’s busiest year ever, but possibly the busiest year overall in MMA history.