Ultimate Fighting Championship parent company Zuffa, LLC, has
submitted applications to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to
hold two upcoming events in Las Vegas, bringing UFC
137 and Strikeforce
Challengers 18 that much closer to becoming official.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the NSAC, confirmed Wednesday to
Sherdog.com that the UFC has applied for permission to hold an Oct.
29 show at Mandalay Bay Events Center, while Strikeforce
has requested to promote an Aug. 12 card at the Palms Casino
Resort. While there has been no official announcement from either
promotion, the events are likely to become UFC 137 and Strikeforce
Challengers 18, respectively.
UFC 137 is expected to be headlined by a UFC welterweight title
clash between reigning champion Georges
St. Pierre and former Strikeforce belt-holder Nick Diaz.
Little else is known about the event, although it has been
established that St. Pierre’s title will be up for grabs in the
main event. Diaz recently vacated his Strikeforce title, which he
held since January 2010, in order to challenge the dominant
No bouts have been announced for Strikeforce Challengers 18, which
mark the second “Challengers” event to be held in Las Vegas. Forza,
LLC, the Zuffa subsidiary which acquired Strikeforce’s assets in
May, recently applied for a promoter’s license in the state of