The New York Post is reporting the world’s biggest superstar, Tiger Woods, is planning his golfing return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the weekend of March 25th. While the PGA couldn’t be more pleased, Woods’ comeback will now hoard all the media attention on a weekend the UFC is hosting their biggest event of 2010.
Although Woods has yet to officially announce his return, a source close to the situation told the NYP, “I would be shocked if he didn’t play the Arnold Palmer.”
UFC 111 takes place March 27th inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The star-studded card will feature two championship fights; an interim heavyweight title bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, as well as Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight title defense against Dan Hardy.
After seeing recent UFC cards deteriorate due to injury, it appeared as though the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization was starting to turn the corner with Lady Luck.
With less than 16 days until the curtain is drawn, thankfully UFC 111’s entire roster remains intact. However, today’s news has to be a disappointment for Octagon brass who were banking on a big March 27th weekend to generate hoopla for their monumental UFC 112 event the following month.
Not only will UFC 112 mark the organization’s debut in the United Arab Emirates, but it will also be the first show they host with their brand new partners, the Abu Dhabi-based Flash Entertainment – who the UFC firmly believes will assist them in achieving global dominance.
The April 10th card will also showcase two title fights as lightweight king BJ Penn looks to hold off Frankie Edgar, and middleweight champ Anderson Silva will face Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace Demian Maia.
The UFC 111 hype machine has been in overdrive to make sure fans tune-in to watch GSP, arguably MMA’s most coveted superstar. They teamed up with Spike TV to resume their popular “UFC Prelims” show, which will feature two live preliminary bouts to help generate last-minute pay-per-view buys.
In addition, “UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” made its debut last night on Spike. The same three-part series worked masterfully to promote the welterweight champ’s mega-bout against the aforementioned Penn at UFC 94 in January 2009.
On top of that, they brought original UFC queen bee, Rachel Leah, out of Octagon girl retirement for the night!
Despite all that, it appears Tiger is going to rain on the UFC’s parade as you can expect to see Woods’ face plastered all over ESPN throughout the March 25th weekend.
(Pictured: UFC president Dana White showing his support for Tiger at UFC 107, just days after Woods’ eccentric personal life was made public)