This summer’s UFC 162 blockbuster between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) and top contender Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) now has a venue.
As announced on Wednesday, the title fight is slated for July 6 in Las Vegas. Officials since have confirmed a venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Sin City venue has hosted the UFC’s past four early-July cards, including the historic UFC 100 event in 2009.
UFC 162, which includes a pay-per-view main card and prelims on FX and Facebook, should be one of the UFC’s biggest events of 2013. Silva fights for the first time since October and looks to extend his UFC records for most consecutive wins (16), title defenses (10), most finishes (14) and longest title reign (2,336 days and counting).
Other bouts announced for the card include middleweights Tim Boetsch (15-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Mark Munoz (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), middleweights Roger Gracie (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Tim Kennedy (15-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and light heavyweights Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Thiago Silva (14-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC).
Officials plan to announce additional bouts and a ticket on-sale date in the coming weeks.
For the latest on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Anderson Silva)