Friday, February 23, 2007

UFC 70 Press Release

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced to the world it will stage UFC 70: NATIONS COLLIDE - the largest MMA event ever seen in the United Kingdom - at Manchester's MEN Arena Saturday, April 21, 2007.

Headlining UFC 70 is Croatian superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” vs. Gabriel Gonzaga. The main card also features Belaruse heavyweight Andrei Arlovski vs. Fabricio Werdum and Forrest Griffin vs. Ryoto Machida. The event will also mark the homecoming for Britain’s own Michael Bisping, the winner of the most recent season of the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter® 3 which airs on Spike TV in the US and on Bravo in the UK.

The Manchester show is the first of a series of high-profile events to hit Britain this year, following the announcement that the UFC now has a fully functioning London-based office. The UFC is also looking at expansions through Europe with a number of large-scale live events which will be screened live in the UK on Setanta pay per view.

“Manchester is the home of sporting legends, so what better place to launch the UFC in the UK,” said Dana White, UFC President. “The city always appreciates a great sporting event and we know that is exactly what UFC 70 will give them.”

Tickets for UFC 70: NATIONS COLLIDE went on sale today at 10:00am GMT and already the event is half-sold with 5,000 tickets purchased. Ticket prices start at £25.00 and are available through MEN Arena Box Office or by calling (011) 0870 190 8000. Tickets are also available online at or

UFC 70: NATIONS COLLIDE will be screened live on Setanta PPV1 (Sky channel 481) at 8:00pm GMT on Saturday, April 21, available via remote control through Sky Box Office or by calling 08708 500 005.

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