returns to Australia this December - 21st Feb 2013
MMA giant, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
has confirmed a return down under to Australia this
December, with fierce lobbying already underway to
have a world title match headline the event.
disclosed by the Daily Telegraph this week, the UFC
will take the embattled Australian boxing game head-on
by scheduling a major card, most likely an FX event,
just before Christmas.
of UFC Operations in Australia Tom Wright not only
confirmed the rumour late last night, but said he
would lobby for one of the companys world champions
to put their belt on the line. One of the champs likely
will, as the UFC is aiming to build upon their already
strong fan base in Australia.
also confirmed planning was underway for a second
Australian season of The Ultimate Fighter, to be broadcast
on television in 2014.
about the December card, Wright said: We have
an event scheduled, yes, but not a destination.
now, Sydney is on the radar. So is Brisbane, maybe
even Adelaide. We wont know all the final details
until about three months out, but I can assure you
Ill be lobbying for a world title fight.
it stands, I dont think the event will be pay-per-view.
It will most likely be on FX. And these events, as
you know, have boasted some huge fights in recent
times so a world title bout is what Ill be pushing
confirmed UFC president Dana White was also interested
for a second Australian instalment of the globally
popular The Ultimate Fighter series but hinted
there could be a few twists to the original Bashes:
Australia versus Great Britain theme.
may not be Australia against Britain and it may not
necessarily be shot in Sydney, or even Australia,
he said. We could be taking a group of Aussies
overseas, there will be plenty of new surprises.
is currently meeting with politicians in both Victoria
and Perth, where cage fighting is currently banned.
While those state's governing bodies allow mixed martial
arts, competition can only take place inside a boxing
UFC is also banned in New York, despite the U.S history
having a long love affair with combat sports such
as boxing, as well as "sports entertainment"
(professional wrestling) such as WWE.
events take place inside a steel cage, known as The
Octagon, which company officials, coaches and fighters
insist is safer than a standard ring.
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