MMA fans in Britain will be happy to hear that for the first time in quite a while, it looks like the UFC will hold two cards in the European nation in one year. According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, UFC President Dana White confirmed after UFC 161 this weekend that the promotion plans to head to Manchester, England before 2013 concludes.
When was the last time the UFC held an event in the famous and historical city? November, 2009, for UFC 105. You might recall that Randy Couture defeated Branon Vera by unanimous decision in the main event. Or, you might remember Dan Hardy handing Mike Swick a UD loss, or Michael Bisping stopping Denis Kang.
Of course, the UFC went to London this past February for UFC on FUEL 7, which featured interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao submitting Michael McDonald in the headliner. So, if the promotion does head to Manchester before the year’s out, 2013 will be the first year since 2009 that the UFC has held more than one event in Britain.
The decision to return to England, sooner than later, is likely due to the new broadcast deal the UFC recently signed with BT Sports, which kicks off in August. Ever since 2009 the UFC has held one show in the U.K. annually.
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