Ready for UFC Australia in 2012?
While it’s still unofficial, reliable reports are starting to appear that the UFC will be heading to Australia at the start of March in 2012.
With Melbourne still having a ban on cage fighting, you can probably expect this event to be a return to the Australian UFC’s home of Acer Arena in Sydney.
As for when…
Yahoo reports that the event will immediately follow UFC 144 which is being held in Japan on February 26th 2012:
That Japan card will be followed six days later by what is tentatively scheduled as the second FX show, from Sydney, Australia. This would be a Saturday late morning and afternoon show on March 3 broadcast in prime time March 2 in the U.S. No matches have been hinted about for the card. If this goes as planned, it would mark the first time much of the UFC crew will be stationed overseas for an extended period of time, first going to Japan early to promote and put together that show, and head to Australia immediately after the show.
It certainly makes sense logistically to bring the UFC to Australia straight after Japan so don’t be surprised if you see this announcement turn official shortly.
As for who will be on the card, Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann is looking likely to be one of the fights – but based on past UFC events in Australia you can probably expect some bigger names to be announced shortly.