A week from today the UFC Fan Expo will open its doors to MMA fans from around the world in Las Vegas, Nevada. The colossus two-day Fan Expo will coincide with the biggest UFC thus far this year in UFC 148 and signals in an eight-day stretch packed with MMA action.
It all begins with the Fan Expo on Friday July 6th and will conclude the following Saturday, July 14th with the Strikeforce card in Portland, Oregon. In between you’ll find four more MMA events, including two UFC cards roughly 500 miles apart.
UFC Fan Expo (July 6th & 7th)
Returning to Las Vegas for the first time since May of 2010, the UFC Fan Expo includes a stunning list of fighters from both the UFC and Strikeforce that will surely peck the interests of even the casual MMA fans. The fighters will appear in UFC held autograph sessions as well as vender sponsored sessions, both at select times throughout the two days. There will also be vendor booths, question and answer sessions and exhibition grappling matches. The special attraction of the Expo will be the Hall of Fame induction of the former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, who is retiring after his UFC 148 co-main event bout with Forrest Griffin.
TUFF-N-UFF (July 6th)
Since you’re already in Las Vegas why not check out the up and coming MMA fighters in this non-televised event at the South Point Arena. This amateur card boasts three title fights and the latest talent from top gyms such as Reign Training Center, Tapout, Throwdown, Wand Fight Team and Xtreme Couture.
UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II (July 7th)
The biggest rivalry in MMA right now the Anderson Silva v Chael Sonnen and the two middleweights are headlining UFC 148. Those two do not like each other and their fight along is the biggest fight of the year, which coupled with the rest of the card should bring in some great attendance and PPV numbers. Also on the card are former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin in their trilogy bout that will also serve as the final bout for Ortiz.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 (July 11th)
The middleweight division will also be headlining this card when Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman look to position themselves as the next in line for the middleweight title. The free card will be held in San Jose, California and airs on FUEL TV.
Legacy Fighting Championship 12 (July 13th)
Breaking up the ZUFFA domination is the LFC 12 card that airs live on HDNet and is headlined by a flyweight title fight. Also on the main card is BJJ ace Robert Drysdale in his fourth professional MMA bout against Isaac Villanueva.
Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy (July 14th)
Last but defiantly not the least is the Strikeforce card in Portland, Oregon. Featuring a stacked card with two title fights and many of the promotions top fighters, Strikeforce has pulled out all the stops. The card will air on Showtime and Showtime Extreme and is headlined with Strikeforce Welterweight champion Luke Rockhold making his second title defense against Tim Kennedy. Also on the card is Nate Marquardt who will be making his promotional debut against Tyron Woodley for the vacant welterweight title.
In summary, this MMA fans dream week will have four televised events, seven title fights, a two-day expo and a MMA pioneer being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. What more could a MMA fan ask for?