UFC RETURNS TO CHICAGO WITH TITLE FIGHT ON SATURDAY, JAN. 26
Nov 20, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nevada – UFC® flyweight champion
Johnson makes his first ever title defense against current
number one contender and The Ultimate Fighter® season 14 winner
Dodson on Saturday, Jan. 26 when the Ultimate Fighting
Championship® returns to United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Unbeaten in his last three performances, Johnson defeated Joseph
Benavidez at UFC 152 in September to earn the inaugural UFC
flyweight championship, while Dodson earned his shot at the title
following a TKO victory over Jussier Formiga in October.
All of the main card action airs live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m.
“Chicago is a great fight town and we’re excited to come back to
the United Center on Jan. 26,” UFC President Dana White said. “This
will be our first big event on FOX for 2013 and we’ve lined up an
incredible card, including the flyweight title fight. I can’t wait
to get back to Chicago for this event!”
Tickets for UFC® on FOX: JOHNSON vs. DODSON will be available
Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $250, $150, $100,
$75, $50 and $40. Tickets will be available at the United Center
Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by
phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices do not include applicable
UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase
tickets to this event Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. CT via the
website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale
will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Nov. 29,
starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register
for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All
bouts live and subject to change.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship® Universally recognized
for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of
the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the
world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and
operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices
in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live
events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in
the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a
landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media
Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX
network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of
hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV.
This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on
television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in
over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes
worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also
distributed commercially in the United States to bars and
restaurants through Joe Hand
Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports
Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The
UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its
website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and
Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most
accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million
followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling
DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live
event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the
best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by
THQ, and a new franchise in development with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC
Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded
apparel and trading cards.
About the United Center The United Center is a state-of-the-art,
960,000 square-foot multi-use entertainment facility that has
welcomed over 40 million fans since opening in 1994. Home of the
Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League and the Chicago
Bulls of the National Basketball Association, the United Center
hosts over 200 events each year, including the best musical
performers, sporting events, family shows, and special events in
the industry. A commitment to superior service makes the United
Center one of the top venues in the world.