Tickets for local UFC event to go on sale this week

Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 9:39pm
By Matt Erickson

Though still not formally announced by the promotion, tickets for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Nashville return are expected to go on sale this week.

As reported last week by The City Paper, the UFC will host a mixed martial arts card in Nashville for the first time since April 2009 with a show at Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 20. Sources close to the promotion told The City Paper the presale for tickets will be Wednesday, with an official on-sale date of Friday.

As is typical with UFC events, ticket sales will be staggered. Members of the top tier of the UFC's Fight Club fan club will get first crack at tickets at 11 a.m. (CST) Wednesday. UFC e-mail newsletter subscribers can purchase tickets 11 a.m. (CST) Thursday. The general public will be able to get tickets at 11 a.m. (CST) Friday.

Ticket prices have not yet been announced.

An annual membership in the UFC Fight Club costs $74.99 and can be purchased at the same time tickets are purchased on Wednesday. Those who sign up for the UFC's newsletter at receive an early access code to use when purchasing their tickets the day before the public.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Marc Ratner, the UFC's vice president of regulatory affairs, was not available to comment on the promotion's decision to return to Nashville.

The main event for the fight card will feature a pair of lightweights looking to get back in the win column after recent upset losses. Melvin Guillard (29-9-2, 1 NC) meets Jim Miller (20-3) to headline the show.

Additionally, heavyweights Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft square off and veteran lightweights Duane Ludwig and Josh Neer will meet in bouts expected to be part of the televised main card on FX.

Two highly touted newcomers will make their UFC debuts in Nashville. Khabib Nurmagomedov, an unbeaten Russian, meets Kamal Shalorus, a native of Iran. And Swedish-Iranian lightweight Reza Madadi will face Brazilian Rafaello Oliveira.

The full fight card, once finalized, is expected to feature between 10 and 12 fights.

Though UFC president Dana White could not confirm it at the time he said the promotion would come to Nashville, he has since confirmed the Jan. 20 event would be nationally televised on the FX cable channel. It will be the UFC's first event on FX.

Though not finalized, preliminary card fights for the event are expected to air on the Fuel TV cable channel.

The UFC signed a seven-year television deal with Fox in August — its first network TV deal.

The promotion will hold four events in 2012 on Fox and an additional six on FX, the first of which will take place in Nashville. The UFC's cable deals with Spike and Versus expire this year.