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Report: UFC to return to Columbus, Ohio on March 7

According to a report in the Nov. 17 print edition of the Wrestling Observer, the UFC will be returning to Columbus, Ohio for the third consecutive year on Saturday, March 7. While a venue was not identified in the report, the Nationwide Arena is considered the most likely candidate.

The date has yet to be confirmed by the UFC and few details surrounding the event have yet to surface.

Since debuting in Columbus on March 3, 2007 in front of a sold out crowd with its “UFC 68: Uprising” event, the city has become one of the promotion’s top markets. UFC 68 was held at the Nationwide Arena and featured one of the most memorable main events in UFC history, with Randy Couture ending a brief retirement to defeat Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title in a five round unanimous decision.

The UFC returned to Columbus and the Nationwide Arena earlier this year for “UFC 82: Pride of a Champion” and featured a title unification match between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and PRIDE welterweight champion Dan Henderson. In front of a near-capacity crowd, Silva submitted Henderson with a rear naked choke at 4:52 of round 2.

  • Jennifer says:

    Outstanding! We have been to both events in Columbus and they were both really outstanding. If you plan to attend, I would suggest getting a hotel room NOW! We booked ours a year in advance because last time we couldn’t get one 6 months out from the fight…..

  • StayDown says:

    I have been to the Columbus fights and it is a great time. You have the Arnold Classic that weekend so there is great BJJ competition and also the UFC fights. This should become an annual event pairing these two together.

    It is great for the sport, the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio.

  • Davey D says:

    If I had to guess what the main and co-main event’s would be. I’d say that the HW title unification bout and Hughes vs. Serra could take place. It is hard to predict but I think after December falls, we will have a better idea of the HW and LHW landscapes.

    Putting someone like Jake Shields on the card would also add some fireworks. What about Amir Sadollah or even Robbie Lawler? Smoking Joey V would be another great addition to the UFC’s Middleweight divison.


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