TORONTO – The UFC makes it return to Houston on Oct. 8 for a major event, sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event likely will take place at the 18,000-seat Toyota Center, which also hosted UFC 69 in 2007.
Although he didn't announce the event, UFC president Dana White did confirm during a Q&A session today that Houston also will host a UFC Fan Expo on Oct. 7 and 8.
Sources gave few details about the planned event, though it's expected to air on pay-per-view.
White made Houston's UFC Fan Expo announcement, fittingly, during today's Q&A session at the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto. Houston becomes the fifth city to host the popular two-day fan festivals following expos in Las Vegas (twice), Boston, London and Toronto. The expo is expected to take place at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center.
The UFC made its Texas debut with UFC 69. The event featured Matt Serra's stunning upset of then-welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, as well as Josh Koscheck's victory over a seriously ill Diego Sanchez (staph infection) in the co-headliner.
The event drew 15,269 fans for a $2.8 million gate
This is AWESOME news for MMA fans in Houston. Not only are we getting a major UFC event in our city, we're also getting a UFC Fan Expo.
The rumored main event is Cain Velasquez making his first title defense against the winner of Junior Dos Santos vs. Brock Lesnar.
Originally Posted by badgerfan
I'm going to go out and enjoy a nice, juicy steak tonight and dedicate it to Mr. Alexander. I may drive over any puppies I see on the way to the restaurant.
UFC 135 press conference in Denver today... Rampage clowning on Bones:
I wouldn't have clowned on Bones. I enjoy living.
“The Cowboys have never been about checkered tablecloths and boots and hats,” Jones said. “They’ve been about glitz and glitter. Leave the other stuff to the Houston Texans.” - Jerry Jones
So the Cowboys are self described as non-working class, non-cowboy sparkling glitter pansies.
True, should be an entertaining bout. Rampage has one of the toughest chins in the promotion (alongside BJ Penn & Big Country) and dynamite in his hands. He's the most powerful counter-puncher in the game, hands down, so it will be interesting to see if he catches Jones, who has a tendency to expose himself while throwing those wild, unorthodox strikes on his feet. Jones' chin has NEVER been tested... Rampage could very well put him to sleep with one punch.
__________________ "I'm a hoodlum, but not a thug. Does that make sense? I'm not a gangsta, but I'm ghetto. That's why the hoods in H-town loved me." -- Ron "Tru Warier" Artest