After Montreal switch, December's UFC 181 now targeted for Las Vegas


mandalay-bay-events-center.jpgWith UFC 181 likely no longer taking place in Montreal this December as originally planned, the card appears to have a new potential home already lined up.

A source with knowledge of the event told MMAjunkie that the UFC has requested a Dec. 6 date at Mandalay Bay Events Center, and that the Las Vegas property is holding that date for the promotion. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the potential venue booking.

UFC officials declined comment on UFC 181's location, but promotion executive Tom Wright this past weekend told MMAjunkie announcements are expected soon on that event, as well as the UFC 178 pay-per-view in September, which has been targeted for Toronto – but isn’t yet a sure thing.

The UFC in January announced a slew of events for Canada, including the Montreal date on Dec. 6 and Toronto on Sept. 27. But following UFC Fight Night 43 this past weekend in New Zealand, Wright told MMAjunkie the two events in Canada’s two biggest cities weren’t yet set – and that Montreal, in particular, was likely to move to March 2015.

No headliner has been announced for the UFC 181 card, but the timing of the event, if it were to move to Las Vegas, could potentially play host to the women’s strawweight final – and the division’s inaugural title fight – of Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which is expected to air starting Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1. The UFC in 2013 held the TUF 18 Finale at Mandalay Bay on Nov. 30.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t currently show a Dec. 6 date on its public calendar with a UFC date request. But the official event page at UFC.com for UFC 181 currently shows Las Vegas as the host city. Mandalay Bay Events Center’s down-the-Strip neighbor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, has a concert already booked for Dec. 6.

For more on UFC 181, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 145 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC 182 takes place Saturday. You can watch a live video stream of the post-fight news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC, V read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 18 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC 182 fighter weigh-ins take place Friday, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT local time).Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 6 views

LAS VEGAS – The UFC’s spring schedule is likely to receive a new look, as a previously announced trip to Montreal for March 14 is now instead expected to take place on April 25, with the March event read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC 182 fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT local time).Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 323 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC 182 takes place today. You can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC, Vide read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

Sorry, Ireland. Conor McGregor earned his fifth straight win under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner by obliterating Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston, Mass read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 53 views

LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 182 event, and you can get live play-by-play and official results here beginning at approximately 7 p.m. ET.Filed under: News, read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 182 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Discuss the event inside. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from Friday’s UFC 182 fighter weigh-ins. Get text results inside.Filed under: News read news >>