It’s been rumored for a while, but the UFC have now officially confirmed that they’ll be heading to Nottingham, England on September 29th for an event at the Capital FM Arena which can hold 10,000 fans.
“We are very excited to be going to Nottingham for the first time,” the UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik stated in a press release. “Some of the biggest names in British mixed martial arts are from Nottingham, and the fans have been campaigning for us to bring a fight here for years. The U.K. fans are among the most passionate UFC supporters on Earth, and this is going to be a special night.”
At this stage it’s not known whether it’ll be a major, numbered UFC event or not, though it appears to be leaning more towards being a ‘UFC On Fuel TV’ style card. If so that would give them the opportunity to air it in the afternoon live in the U.S as they did with their recent ‘UFC On Fuel TV 2’ card in Sweden.
So far two fights have been confirmed for the show. Firstly, UK bantamweight star Brad Pickett will look to take another step towards a title shot against Yves Jabouin, and recent TUF: Live competitor Andy Ogle will get his first fight on the big stage against TUF 14’s Akira Corassani.
Nottingham’s most famous export, Dan Hardy would also appear to have a strong likelihood of being on the card after he bought himself extra time in the promotion with a KO win over Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig at UFC 146.
Tickets for the event go on sale this week.