Fight fans can celebrate both the 1st of July, 4th of July weekend and International Fight Week in grand style.
UFC International Fight Week begins on Canada’s birthday July 1st, runs past America’s birthday July 4th, to July 6th.
Crammed into the week will be autograph signings, an octagon girl pool party, art exhibits, viewing parties, a concert, open gym workouts and training sessions. At the end will be UFC 175, which goes down Saturday July 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The main event features a middleweight title defence between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Lyoto Machida.
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Sunday July 6th will see the Ultimate Fighter Finale, with coaches Frankie “The Answer” Edgarand BJ Penn battling for a third time. Edgar has a pair of unanimous decision wins over The Prodigy.
Meanwhile, Weidman (11-0-0) owns a pair of victories over former champion Anderson Silva, who is a close friend of The Spider.
The #3 ranked Machida (21-4-0) has looked impressive since moving down to fight at his more natural weight of 185 pounds.
Tickets for both cards go on sale Friday May 23rd.
UFC 175 also features bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey stepping back quickly into the octagon to defend against Canadian grappler #2-ranked challenger Alexis Davis (16-5-0).
#9-ranked verbal assassin Chael Sonnen (29-14-1) meets PRIDE legend Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1)in a notorious battle of TUF coaches.
Penn (16-9-2) is looking to avenge the two losses on his record to Edgar (15-4-1). It will be interesting to see what tricks both former champions have up their sleeve. The Ultimate Fighter will also be crowned and awarded a six-figure UFC contract.
Tickets for UFC 175 go on sale Friday May 23rd at 10am PT. Prices are $1250, $850, $600, $400, $250 and $125 (prices do not include applicable service charges).
Tickes for the TUF Finale: Edgar vs Penn go on sale Friday May 23rd at 12 noon PT and are priced at $175, $125, $100, $75 and $50 (prices do not include applicable service charges).
UFC Fight Club members received pre-sale access earlier today at 10am for UFC 175 and 12 noon for the TUF Finale.
UFC newsletter subscribers can buy UFC 175 tickets starting Thursday May 22nd at 10am PT and TUF Finale tickets at 12 noon PT Thursday. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC 175 main card airs begins Saturday July 5th at 10pm ET/7pm PT on pay-per-view.
TUF Finale: Edgar vs Penn airs live on FOX Sports 1 at 9pm ET/6pm PT Sunday July 6th, with the prelims on FOX Sports 2 at 5pm ET/2pm PT. Canadian viewers can catch the action on Sportsnet 360.