The UFC returns to Atlanta on Saturday, April 21st for
UFC®145, presented by MetroPCS
Vegas, Nevada –The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the
world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, announced today that it will
return to Atlanta with a championship card at Philips Arena on Saturday, April
21. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will defend his 205-pound
crown in the night’s main event.
The event marks UFC’s first time back in the city since UFC
88 on Sept. 6, 2008, when nearly 15,000 fans packed Philips Arena to watch
Rashad Evans knock out UFC legend Chuck Liddell.
“Fans in Atlanta have been
tweeting me and telling me over and over again to bring the UFC back to their
city,” UFC President Dana White said. “Well guess what Atlanta? The UFC is
coming back to Atlanta with the sport’s fastest-rising star, Jon Jones,
defending his light heavyweight title!”
"We are thrilled to welcome the Ultimate Fighting
Championship organization back to Philips Arena for UFC 145,” stated Trey
Feazell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Philips Arena. “The
2008 UFC 88 event featuring Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans was an incredible
night and remains a highpoint in Philips Arena’s 13 year history.”
Tickets for UFC®145, presented by
MetroPCS, go on sale Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are
available through Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone (800) 745-3000, at all
Ticketmaster Outlets, and the Philips Arena Box Office. Ticket prices will be
announced in the days to come.
UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the
opportunity to purchase tickets to this event on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. ET
via the website www.ufcfightclub.com.
A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter
subscribers on Thursday, Feb. 16, starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this
presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
Official UFC VIP packages are
also available at http://vip.ufc.com.
These packages include tickets to UFC 145, official event merchandise, as well
as special VIP experiences with backstage tours and meet and greets with top
UFC stars. Get closer to the action than ever before with this unique UFC VIP
UFC®145 will be available live on
Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH
Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and
Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for
Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject
Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las
Vegas, Nev., UFC® is the world’s premier MMA organization and
produces over 12 UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually around the
globe. This year, FOX will broadcast four fight cards annually. In spring
2012, The Ultimate
Fighter®, UFC’s signature weekly reality TV show, debuts on
FX. UFC content is also distributed commercially to U.S. bars and restaurants
through Joe Hand Promotions.
Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in 150 countries,
territories and jurisdictions, reaching over one billion homes worldwide, in 21
UFC® also boasts a powerful presence online, with
UFC.com attracting over seven million unique visitors per month, while also
possessing one of the most powerful social media followings in all of
professional sports. To date, UFC has over six million fans on Facebook and
over 475,000 followers on Twitter. In addition, UFC President Dana White
is one of the most accessible and most followed executives in sports with nearly
1.9 million followers on Twitter. On January 22, 2011, UFC continued to
set trends in social media, becoming the first major sports league to stream
live, broadcast quality action on Facebook.
Ancillary businesses include best-selling DVDs, UFC Magazine,
the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC
GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals,
UFC branded apparel, trading cards, and articulated action figures.
About Philips Arena
Named for founding partner Philips, Philips Arena is
consistently ranked among the top 10 concert and event venues in the world. In
April 2009, Philips Arena became the first NBA arena to achieve LEED
certification for an existing building as specified by the United States Green
Building Council (USGBC). Philips Arena is online at www.PhilipsArena.com