If you’re a mixed martial arts fan, The Las Vegas Strip is the place to be this Fourth of July weekend. Not only will “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II” be jumping off that Saturday, but Zuffa, LLC announced Thursday more than 50 of their superstars will attend their two-day UFC Fan Expo.
The UFC Fan Expo will feature more than 300,000 square feet of activities, including meet and greets and autograph sessions with top UFC and STRIKEFORCE fighters, Q&A sessions with top UFC personalities, as well as grappling tournaments and other special events.
More than 100 exhibitors will also be inside Mandalay Bay Events Center, giving fans the opportunity to purchase and experience some of the best sports and lifestyle products on the market today.
In addition, light heavyweight icon Tito Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the UFC Fan Expo are on sale now at ufcfanexpo.com. Admission for Friday costs $40, while Saturday is priced at $45. A two-day pass is available for $60.
The following fighters will participate in autograph sessions on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th:
UFC Hall of Famer CHUCK LIDDELL
UFC Hall of Famer RANDY COUTURE
Former two-division UFC champion BJ PENN
UFC light heavyweight champion JON JONES
Former PRIDE champion WANDERLEI SILVA
Former UFC light heavyweight champion TITO ORTIZ
UFC lightweight champion BENSON HENDERSON
UFC interim welterweight champion CARLOS CONDIT
UFC heavyweight champion JUNIOR DOS SANTOS
UFC bantamweight champion DOMINICK CRUZ
Former light heavyweight champion RASHAD EVANS
Former UFC heavyweight champion FRANK MIR
Former PRIDE champion DAN HENDERSON
Former UFC heavyweight champion CAIN VELASQUEZ
Former UFC welterweight champion MATT SERRA
Former interim UFC heavyweight champion SHANE CARWIN
STRIKEFORCE women’s bantamweight champion RONDA ROUSEY
STRIKEFORCE lightweight champion GILBERT MELENDEZ
Former STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion ALISTAIR OVEREEM
STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight Grand Prix champion DANIEL CORMIER
Also featuring: PAT BARRY, ALAN BELCHER, JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ, STEPHAN BONNAR, DANNY CASTILLO, DONALD CERRONE, PHIL DAVIS, SHANE DEL ROSARIO, JOHN DODSON, EVAN DUNHAM, REUBEN DURAN, BRIAN EBERSOLE, JAKE ELLENBERGER, LOUIS GAUDINOT, CLAY GUIDA, DAN HARDY, JOHNY HENDRICKS, CONOR HEUN, CJ KEITH, JOSH KOSCHECK, DUANE LUDWIG, RORY MACDONALD, VINNY MAGALHAES, OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST SARA MCMANN, IAN MCCALL, MICHAEL MCDONALD, JIM MILLER, ROY NELSON, ANTHONY PETTIS, JENS PULVER, MIKE PYLE, FRANCISCO RIVERA, BEN ROTHWELL, AMIR SADOLLAH, CHRIS SAUNDERS, CHAN SUNG JUNG, JAMIE VARNER, and EDDIE YAGIN.
In addition, UFC Octagon Girls ARIANNY CELESTE and BRITTNEY PALMER will appear, as will STRIKEFORCE ring girls CHRISSY HUBBARD and VANESSA HANSON. UFC commentators MIKE GOLDBERG, JOE ROGAN and JON ANIK will also make appearances, along with Octagon announcer BRUCE BUFFER. The UFC Fan Expo will also feature appearances by Best of PRIDE host KENDA PEREZ and noted referees HERB DEAN, DAN MIRAGLIOTTA and JOSH ROSENTHAL.
(Pictured: Jon Jones)