The UFC officially announced nine events for the start of 2018. Pre-sale Tickets starts on Wednesday 01/03/18 @ 10:00 am EST for the Orlando Florida event via this link.
The fight card for the Orlando event has not yet been published, but one fight has..Former UFC women’s strawweight title challengers Jessica Andrade and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will lock horns at UFC on FOX 28.
Floridian’s are hopeful that Florida favorite’s such as Jorge Masvidal, Niko Price, Joel Romero, Mike Perry , Walt Harris ( just to name a few) will be on that card.
The last time the UFC was in Florida , it was for Fight Night 87: Rashad Evans vs. Teixeira on April 16, 2016 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Florida with 11,273 in attendance and a gate of $1,057,000.00.
The last time they were in the Amway Center in Orlando Florida, was back in December 19, 2015 with an attendance of 14,459 on Fox TV: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2
The first quarter of next year kicks off with a Fight Night event in St. Louis, Mo., and wraps up with a trip to the O2 Arena in London, England.
Other international stops include Belem, Brazil, and Perth, Australia. It will be the first time that the Octagon visits those cities.
Both times they have come to Orlando, it has been for FOX tv, no PPV.
UFC first came to Florida back in 2003 for UFC42, there has never been a PPV in Florida after that. Maybe it was due to the attendance of only 6,700 fans that showed up. Dana White went on record saying it was the worst gate in the company’s History and vowed never to come back to South Florida.
UFC events with date and venue information:
Jan. 14 – St. Louis – Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Jan. 20 – TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
Jan. 27 – Charlotte – Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Feb. 3 – Belem – Mangueirinho Arena in Belem, Brazil
Feb. 10 – Perth Arena in Perth, Australia
Feb. 18 – Austin – Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas
Feb. 24 – UFC Orlando – Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
March 3 – T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
March 17 – O2 Arena in London, England
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