Perhaps the most anticipated event this January, UFC will descend upon the United Center on the 28th in what will surely be a memorable night for fighters and fans alike. There has not been a major UFC event here in about three years and to say that people are excited is an understatement.
"When we were looking at cities to bring the big Fox fight to, Chicago was a no-brainer," said UFC President Dana White. "The shows on Fox are big fights, and we wanted to come to a major sports city."
It is hard to argue that Chicago is not a major sports city. The timing is almost perfect as the Blackhawks are on a big roll right now and the Bulls have started their march to the NBA Finals. To bring a major UFC card to Chicago this month in my opinion is a great move. It is no secret that Chicago has a thriving UFC community in the city as well as the surrounding suburbs.
Chicago resident Rashad Evans will be fighting in the main bout against Phil Davis of this nationally televised event.
Three major bouts will take place on January 28th
"It feels good," says Evans. "One pressure you have is a lot of people want tickets, but that's a good problem to have. It's good to actually fight in the city I live in."
Seems like Evans may have a bit of a home field advantage going for him when he steps into the ring against former Penn State wrestling champion Phil Davis. Another Chicagoan on the bill is former Chicago police officer Mike Russow. The UFC also said there may be another Chicago native fighting in the preliminary bouts. (View current printable fight card here. All fights are subject to change.)
The last UFC on Fox event had knockout ratings with over 5.5 million viewers tuning in. It was the most watched UFC event in the organization's history. The actual title bout only lasted 64 seconds, but that didn't stop viewers from being glued to the television set. The next United Center fight should have similar or better ratings.
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(Note: Start time was changed for this on January 23. Gates open at 2:30PM and event starts at 3:05PM (original time was 3:30PM.)