It looks like “Motown” will transform into “KO-town” this November when UFC 123 rolls into the iconic American city on the twentieth. The event is scheduled to take place at the Palace of Auburn Hills (home to the NBA’s Detroit Pistons) and will be the second time the UFC has ventured into the area with the first coming more than a decade ago at UFC 9.
News of the show’s location was recently confirmed to MMAFighting by UFC President Dana White.
UFC 123 will be headlined by a clash between former light heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Both top 205-pounders will be looking to get back on the winning track at the event, as Machida was victim of a first-round knockout to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his last bout while “Rampage” was out-pointed by Rashad Evans at UFC 114 after a yearlong hiatus from MMA. The loss was the first of Machida’s career. Comparably, Jackson had won eight of nine prior to losing the decision to Evans and hasn’t been finished in the ring since April 2005.