September 12, 2005

by Ivan Trembow
UFC Switching Venues for Next Two Spike TV Specials

by Ivan Trembow

After two live events at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas with poor attendance, the UFC is planning to move to a new venue for its next two live fight specials on Spike TV. The UFC currently has a live fight special on Spike TV scheduled for Monday, October 3rd, followed by the live season finale of The Ultimate Fighter on November 5th.

While the UFC has not publicly announced the venue for these two events, the venue that they have requested from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for both events is the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. There is a chance that it could be at “The Joint,” which is the Hard Rock Hotel’s live concert facility. The facility’s seating capacity for concerts is 1,400, but that figure could increase or decrease, depending on how a live MMA event would be set up.

In the meantime, the UFC 55 pay-per-view is scheduled to take place at the Mohegan Sun Hotel & Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on October 7th, while the UFC 56 pay-per-view is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 19th.

Following the UFC 56 pay-per-view, the UFC will run an event on Super Bowl Weekend once again, with a pay-per-view event scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 4th at a venue to be determined in Las Vegas. It’s not known if there will be any UFC events beteween the event that is scheduled on November 19th, and the event that is scheduled on February 4th.