The UFC will saddle up for a trip down to the Lone Star State for the third time in promotional history and will be building on the success of their previous offerings by providing an event grand enough to merit a Fan Expo.
Though specifics weren’t readily available based on the span of time involved, UFC President Dana White offered up some basics during the ongoing Fan Expo in Toronto associated with UFC 129 where he mentioned October 7-8 and Houston were being targeted.
The UFC last came through Texas in September 2009 with UFC 103 in Dallas where Vitor Belfort stopped Rich Franklin with strikes a few minutes into the opening round of their headlining bout. The stop in Houston will be the second time the Octagon has turned up in Houston with UFC 69 marking the first, a card best remembered for Matt Serra’s belt-winning upset knockout of current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
While it may be too early to know how the October line-up will look, based on current activity, possible participants if healthy could include any number of the individuals competing Saturday evening at UFC 129 or within the next few months. Given the scope of the event logical possibilities include the winner of Frank Edgar‘s title-defense against Gray Maynard taking on either Anthony Pettis or Clay Guida, as well as Cain Velasquez returning after an injury-based layoff against Brock Lesnar‘s UFC 131 battle with Junior dos Santos. Other available athletes might also include Frank Mir, Ken Florian, Miguel Torres, Thiago Alves, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.