Press Release – Las Vegas – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced more than 50 UFC® stars scheduled to appear at the UFC Fan Expo®, presented by FOX Sports 1, on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The largest collection of the sport’s biggest names ever assembled will be featured under one roof in July at the can’t-miss fan event of the year.
Fans will have the chance to meet their favorite stars during meet and greets and autograph sessions, grappling tournaments, Q&A presentations, training and development seminars, and much more. The UFC Fan Expo will feature over 300,000 square feet of activities for UFC fans. More than 150 exhibitors will also be on hand, giving fans the opportunity to purchase and experience some of the best sports and lifestyle products on the market today. This marks the fourth UFC Fan Expo held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2009, with additional UFC Fan Expos being held in Boston, London, Toronto and Houston.
Also during the UFC Fan Expo, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will team up once again for another moment in UFC history. The duo will be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame. Griffin (19-7), who announced his retirement following UFC® 160, captured the UFC light heavyweight championship and won Fight of the Night honors on five occasions. Bonnar (17-8) met Griffin in an epic clash as finalists of The Ultimate Fighter® (TUF™) Season 1. Griffin and Bonnar will be the tenth and eleventh individuals to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. They will join current honorees Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Charles “Mask” Lewis, Matt Hughes, and Tito Ortiz.
UFC fighters scheduled to appear at the UFC Fan Expo include*:
Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion
Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion
Ronda Rousey, UFC women’s bantamweight champion
Cain Velasquez, UFC heavyweight champion
Dominick Cruz, UFC bantamweight champion
Benson Henderson, UFC lightweight champion
Demetrious Johnson, UFC flyweight champion
Chuck Liddell, former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
Matt Hughes, former UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
Forrest Griffin, former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
Stephan Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famer
Carlos Condit, UFC welterweight
Daniel Cormier, UFC heavyweight
Urijah Faber, UFC bantamweight
Rich Franklin, UFC middleweight
Cung Le, UFC middleweight
Gilbert Melendez, UFC lightweight
BJ Penn, UFC welterweight
Luke Rockhold, UFC middleweight
Ryan Bader, UFC light heavyweight
Pat Barry, UFC heavyweight
Joseph Benavidez, UFC flyweight
Michael Bisping, UFC middleweight
Travis Browne, UFC heavyweight
Donald Cerrone, UFC lightweight
Phil Davis, UFC light heavyweight
TJ Dillashaw, UFC bantamweight
Kelvin Gastelum, UFC middleweight
Clay Guida, UFC featherweight
Martin Kampmann, UFC welterweight
Gray Maynard, UFC lightweight
Michael McDonald, UFC bantamweight
Chad Mendes, UFC featherweight
Erik Perez, UFC bantamweight
Anthony Pettis, UFC featherweight
Mike Pyle, UFC welterweight
Sean Sherk, UFC lightweight
Chael Sonnen, UFC light heavyweight
Miesha Tate, UFC women’s bantamweight
Josh Thomson, UFC lightweight
Eddie Wineland, UFC bantamweight
Tyron Woodley, UFC welterweight
*Fighters and personalities subject to change. Additional fighters may be added in the coming weeks.
In addition, UFC Octagon Girls®ARIANNY CELESTE, BRITTNEY PALMER, CHRISSY BLAIR andVANESSA HANSON will appear, as well as Best of PRIDE® host KENDA PEREZ. UFC commentatorsMIKE GOLDBERG, JOE ROGAN and JON ANIK will also make appearances, along with RACHELLE LEAH and Octagon® announcer BRUCE BUFFER.
Tickets for the UFC Fan Expo® are on sale NOW at www.ufcfanexpo.com. Tickets for Friday, July 5 are priced at $40, while tickets for Saturday, July 6 are priced at $45. A two-day pass is also available and is priced at $60. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now and save because ticket prices are higher at the door.
Tickets for UFC®162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN, presented by BUD LIGHT®,are on sale now and are priced at $1,200, $850, $600, $400, $250 and $125. Tickets are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.
About UFC Fight Week™
The UFC and Las Vegas bring the 2nd annual UFC Fight Week to the Fight Capital of the World. Celebrate the UFC and meet UFC fighters at events around Las Vegas including UFC Downtown, a free Three Days Grace concert presented by Bud Light, Tuff-N-Uff tournament, UFC Fan Expo®, UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Weigh-Ins, and, of course, UFC® 162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN! Book travel now!For more information or to purchase tickets visit www. lasvegas.com/ufc or www.ufc.com/fightweek. #UFCFightWeek
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto, Beijing and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 35 live events annually. The UFC is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world with events distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers including iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice. In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group for live events and thousands of hours of programming including the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, moving to FOX Sports 1 in September 2013.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and Australia via Main Event and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with nearly 2.5 million followers on Twitter. UFC businesses also include best-selling DVDs, UFC FIT™, an in-home fitness and nutrition program, UFC 360 the internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, a new videogame franchise in development with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, branded apparel and trading cards.