The UFC returns for another mid-winter fight card in the Windy City in January, and tickets for the event go on sale later this month.
“UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson” is official for Chicago’s United Center on Jan. 26. The main event features the first flyweight title defense of Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) against top contender John Dodson (14-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC).
UFC officials on Thursday announced the card, with tickets for the event on sale to the general public Nov. 30 with pre-sale dates on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.
“Chicago is a great fight town and we’re excited to come back to the United Center on Jan. 26,” UFC President Dana White stated. “This will be our first big event on FOX for 2013, and we’ve lined up an incredible card, including the flyweight title fight.”
Also on the main card is a light heavyweight bout between former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Glover Teixeira (19-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the co-feature slot and a lightweight contenders fight between former WEC champ Anthony Pettis (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Donald Cerrone (19-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC).
The UFC last was in Chicago for UFC on FOX 2 at the United Center this past January. Then, as with this time around for UFC on FOX 6, the event takes place in the NFL’s off week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.
Sources close to the event on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the main card on FOX will feature four fights – though the fourth has not yet been announced. The main card will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
But the UFC has some local Chicago options to pick from if it so chooses.
Featherweights Erik Koch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Ricardo Lamas (12-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who lives and trains in the suburbs, meet in what could be a No. 1 contenders fight. Chicago area native Clay Guida (29-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) will make his featherweight debut after a long run at lightweight when he meets Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC). And Mike Russow (15-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), a Chicago police officer, and Shawn Jordan (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will clash at heavyweight.
Tickets for the event are priced between $40 and $250, plus fees, and will be available at Ticketmaster locations as well as the United Center box office.
The latest UFC on FOX 6 card now includes:
- Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson – for flyweight title
- Quinton Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
- Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
- Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas
- Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki
- Shawn Jordan vs. Mike Russow
- T.J. Grant vs. Matt Wiman