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.