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UFC looking to conquer new markets in 2009

During a special public Q&A session last Tuesday at the Sports USA Bar in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, UFC President Dana White gave a brief outline of cities in which the promotion will look to promote in 2009.

While interacting with fans, White indicated at various stages of the Q&A that the promotion has its eyes on domestic events next year to be held in both Tennessee as well as a return to North Carolina – possibly in Charlotte – by the end of 2009.

FiveOuncesOfPain.com also spoke with a Spike TV official last week who confirmed a previous report by MMAjunkie.com that the UFC will be holding its UFC Fight Night 17 event on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. It’s believed that the UFC will look to promote more UFC Fight Night events outside of Vegas next year.

The UFC will also look to expand its global presence next year by promoting events in Britain and Ireland in 2009. UFC 99 is also tentatively scheduled to take place on June 13 in Cologne, Germany at the Lanxess Arena. White mentioned the Phillipines, France, Italy, and Spain as other potential International destinations next year as well.

10 COMMENTS
  • Jason G says:

    Oklahoma 2050 yeah!

  • JB says:

    Will they ever make it back down to New Orleans?

  • Eric says:

    Dana needs to work on having an event in Boston

  • ctownhood says:

    I’ll be at UFN 17 here in Tampa for sure! I was at UFC 71 in Vegas….can’t wait!

  • Kelvin says:

    They definintely need to come back to NC.

  • Ft. Dub says:

    Any sign on where UFC 100 will be? That one will be huge!

  • Bullylover says:

    the Ufc definately need to get sanctioned in New York man if they do that then they will grow even more rapidly than they are now. Just think about it the first ever ufc event at the Madison Square Garden Arena man just think how crazy that fight fight card will be. Hopefully Dana wouldn’t come up with some lackluster card.

  • mmastation says:

    100 would have to be in vegas i would assume thats their headquarters.

    I am thinking 100 should have some mega card and will probably be like

    Brock vs Nog/Mir
    GSP / Alves
    Spider vs Chuck
    Forrest/Rashad vs Wand/Rampage (yes thats right tag team baby!)
    BJ Penn vs KenFlo

    They should get like 2-3 belts on the line

  • mmastation says:

    just kidding about the tag team part btw

  • DamonO says:

    100 should be right back here in Denver at the Pepsi center.

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