Plans are set for the UFC to hold its first-ever event in the Chicago area. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, UFC 90 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 25, at the All-State Arena in Rosemont, IL (just outside of Chicago).
“Chicago is a huge market for us,” UFC President Dana White is quoted as telling the Sun-Times. “We track pay-per-view buys for our events and ratings on Spike TV, and Chicago is a killer market for us.
”There are tons of fans in Chicago and around Chicago, and it’s going to be one of the places we hit often. It’s a great fight town, and we’re really pumped that we’re finally getting this done.”
The UFC had purposely avoided Chicago because until recently, the state did not regulate mixed martial arts. However, minor tweaks in the state law now gives the Illinois Athletic Commission the authority to sanction MMA events.
Tickets for UFC 90 are expected to go on-sale to the general public on Aug. 9. UFC Fight Club and UFC.com newsletter subscribers will have access to special pre-sales in the days leading up to the general public on-sale date.
No bouts for the card have been announced or are even rumored at this time.