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Brock Lesnar returns at UFC 116 Brock is back! Lesnar to defend belt against Carwin at UFC 116

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010 - Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena – Tickets on Sale Thursday, May 13, at 10am PT

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – One day before America watches fireworks to celebrate their independence, the biggest heavyweight title fight ever will go off in Las Vegas. Ultimate Fighting Championship® heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to defend his heavyweight championship against interim title holder Shane Carwin as Bud Light Presents UFC® 116: LESNAR vs CARWIN, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 3.

“When people wonder why the heavyweights capture the imagination of all fight fans, it’s because of guys like Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin,” said UFC President Dana White. “Not only are they great athletes and former national wrestling champions, but they both have the ability to end a fight with one punch. This is one of those fights that you won’t be able to turn away from because it can be over in a split second, and when it’s over, only one will walk away as the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion of the world.”

 

 

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC.

The UFC was started as a tournament to find the world's best fighters irrespective of their style, and was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting. Although there was a limited number of rules, the UFC was initially known as no holds barred fighting and contests were often violent and brutal. Early UFC fights were less sport than spectacle, which led to accusations of brutality and "human cock fighting" by opponents. Political pressures eventually led the UFC into the underground, as pay-per-view providers nixed UFC programming, nearly extinguishing the UFC's public visibility.

As political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself, slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned by state athletic commissions, and marketing itself as a legitimate sporting event. Dropping the no holds barred label and carrying the banner of mixed martial arts, the UFC has emerged from its political isolation to become more socially acceptable, regaining its position in pay-per-view television.

With a cable television deal and expansion into new markets within the United States and Europe, the UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on Spike TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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UFC to be shown on Australian television via Foxtel - Main Event TV

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Ultimate Fighting Championship® Events Launch in 2007 Australia on MAIN EVENT

Zuffa, LLC and MAIN EVENT Television today announced that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization's live pay-per-view events will return to Australian televisions and will betelecast throughout the country on the MAIN EVENT channel in 2007, commencing with UFC 67: All OR NOTHING at 2.00pm EDT on Sunday, February 4, 2007.

The highly popular UFC events, featuring the world's most recognizable mixed martial arts fighters, are taking the world by storm with sell-out crowds and incredible pay-per-view telecasts.

Based in Las Vegas, Nev (USA) the UFC is entering its fourteenth year of operation as a professional mixed martial arts organization, and is currently expanding to the United Kingdom and Europe.

Available to FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS residential subscribers, MAIN EVENT is the place for pay-per-view events. The addition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship events brings subscribers the best combat sports events available.

"We are pleased to bring the world's most exciting live sports event - the UFC - back to fight fans throughout Australia," said (UFC President Dana White. "Through MAIN EVENT all of our pay-per-view events will now be available to all of our fans in Australia. We look forward to bringing them all the best fights as they happen, as well as new and exciting ways that they can experience the UFC."

"We are delighted to have secured the Ultimate Fighting Championship events for MAIN EVENT - they are a fantastic addition to the wide range of pay-per-view programming offered by the channel to our subscribers," MAIN EVENT Channel Manager David Spencer said.

UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING features the UFC Middleweight title bout between Anderson "The Spider" Silva and Travis Lutter, as well as the UFC debuts of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman and Mirko "Cro Cop" vs. Eddie Sanchez.

Silva (17-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, defeated Rich Franklin by first round KO at UFC 64 to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. He is an extremely well-rounded fighter with
phenomenal striking skills and is looking to make Lutter his first successful title defense. Lutter (12-3) has fought all over the world including Brazil, Denmark, Japan and England. He made his UFC debut with a victory over Marvin Eastman at UFC 50 in October 2004. During The Ultimate Fighter 4, Lutter used his world class Jiu- Jitsu skills to dominate all three rounds against Team Mojo's Pete "Drago" Sell and punch his ticket to the finals in Las Vegas. There, he submitted
Canadian Patrick Cote by armlock at 2:18 of the first round.

Mirko "Cro Cop" is considered worldwide as one of the top heavyweights in mixed martial arts today. Notorious for his devastating striking skills - especially his high kicks -- which he used to knockout Aleksander Emelianenko and most recently Vanderlei Silva, Mirko "Cro Cop" storms into the UFC ready to battle anyone who dares to oppose him. Eddie Sanchez is a freestyle fighter with heavy hands who always comes to bang. Undefeated with a 8-0 mixed martial
arts record, Sanchez is confident that if he lands his right hand the fight will be over and he will have a marquis win over Mirko "Cro Cop" on his record.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is known and respected for his raw strength, power slams and equal striking ability. He marches into the UFC with a motive and a plan to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown. He is prepared to wipe out all the top 205-pounders the UFC puts before him, and blaze a path to a much desired title shot. Marvin Eastman is a mixed martial arts veteran who is recognized for pushing the pace and for using his striking power to score ferocious knockouts. He will step into the OctagonT ready to do battle with Jackson and establish his name as a top fighter in the UFC.

UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING will take place live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV (USA) on Saturday, February 3, 2006. Each month commencing in February, 2007 MAIN EVENT will broadcast UFC PPV Events Live from the USA commencing at 2.00pm EDT with a full replay at 6.30pm EDT.

Dates and full details on each UFC PPV Event can be found at www.mainevent.com.au

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand is the world's leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the UFC® organization produces approximately eight live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com

Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, UFC® Fight ClubT, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, ZuffaT, The OctagonT and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.