UFC Announces Two Events for International Fight Week 2017; TUF 25 and UFC 213
The UFC announced that it will hold back-to-back events on July 7-8, 2017; with The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale set to take place on Friday and UFC 213 topping off International Fight Week on Saturday.
Historically, the UFC has held three events in three days over Fourth of July weekend. That appeared to be the likely plan for 2017 as well, as the UFC requested a trio of dates, July 6-8, for T-Mobile Arena at last month’s Nevada Athletic Commission. However, that final number was ultimately trimmed by a third, with a UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony instead taking the place of a July 6 event.
The traditional UFC Fan Expo has also been replaced by a “fully interactive two-day UFC Fan Experience” on July 7-8, 2017 taking place at the Toshiba Plaza and “The Park” outside of T-Mobile Arena; marking the first International Fight Week to be staged under the WME-IMG era.
The fights are not currently set for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, which we assume will be hosted on Fox Sports 1.
Two heavyweight fights are booked for UFC 213: Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk. A third bout pitting former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler against Donald Cerrone is also on the plate.
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