UFC 123 will be jumping off November 20th inside The Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. A light heavyweight contest between former champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida will headline the pay-per-view broadcast. The card’s co-main event will feature BJ Penn vs. Matt Hughes III.
Although the Octagon’s long awaited return to The Motor City is still a ways out, it hasn’t stopped the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion from announcing the show’s finalized roster.
After being humbled by bitter rival Rashad Evans in his last outing at UFC 114, Rampage was quickly put to work at his part-time gig as the hype man for his summer film The A-Team. Now that B.A. Baracus has fulfilled his international promotional commitments, it’s time to pay some bills.
Machida lost the light heavyweight crown to reigning champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 113. After being handed his first professional blemish, “The Dragon” called upon his old Brazilian buddy Anderson Silva, as well as the talented squad at American Kickboxing Academy to help him recapture his mojo.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event Friday, September 17th starting at 10AM ET/7PM PT via UFCFightClub.com. A special internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers on Saturday, September 18th starting at 10AM ET/7PM PT.
The general public is granted access on Monday, September 20th at 10AM ET/7AM PT.
Here are the fighters that will dance in Motown:
Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz
Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Kelly
Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza
Dennis Hallman vs. Karo Parisyan
Rory MacDonald vs Matt Brown
Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson
Joe Lauzon and George Sotiropoulos
Tim Boetsch vs. Phil Davis
Gerald Harris vs Maiquel Falcao
Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida