Make sure to highlight November 20th on your UFC calendars, as the chair of the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission, Dr. James Weber, has confirmed MMA will be invading The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit this Holiday Season.
“My understanding is that it is a done deal,” Weber told the Detroit Free Press. “Detroit deserves this. It is a boxing and MMA town. It would be a great boost to the economy and represents the character, fight and will of the people in this area. It is a dream of mine come true.”
The main event for UFC 123 is expected to be a pivotal light heavyweight clash between former champions Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Both athletes have previously confirmed their tango via Twitter.
“Almost ready 2 sign the bout agreement! i would tell yall who im gonna get down with,but i cant spell his name,” Jackson posted in July.
Machida waited almost a month to verify the bout, but as expected he announced it on the social network by writing, “for those who are asking. The fight is confirmed to November against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson!”
A return to Chicago had been high on the promotion’s list of venues to host the 205-pound scrap, but after it was discovered that the circus would be rolling into town, UFC president Dana White and Co. were forced to look elsewhere.
“I believe November 20th (at the Palace) is a very, very solid date for UFC 123,” UFC’s Detroit representative Al Low added.
Although both fighters are coming off losses, the winner of the night’s featured attraction is expected to jump right back in the light heavyweight title picture.