Cincinnati may get UFC fight date
By Ariel Shnerer, The Fight Network
Cincinnati may be in line to host UFC 115, with political and insurance issues likely to cause the event’s cancellation in the Canadian city of Vancouver.
Reports from Vancouver say the event is being re-located because of “insurance and other issues”, which include opposition to MMA events being stated in city-owned venues.
UFC was to have been staged June 12 at Vancouver’s 19,000-seat GM Place.
While Cincinnati is now the leading candidate to host the event, neither UFC nor the Ohio Athletic Commission have confirmed a new location.
UFC president Dana White and other officials have been confirmed 115’s date and tentative match-ups in multiple interviews over the past few months.
Despite recent reports citing a headliner between TUF 11 coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz being in jeopardy, UFC 115 is still slated to feature a third encounter between the UFC light heavyweight pioneers.
Other bouts targeted for UFC 115 include a light-heavyweight meeting between UFC pioneers Rich Franklin and Randy Couture, a pair of heavyweight clashes pitting Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic against Pat Barry, and Gilbert Yvel against Ben Rothwell, as well as a welterweight bout between Martin Kampmann and Paulo Thiago.
Additional match-ups previously reported include Tyson Griffin vs. Rory MacDonald, James Wilks vs. Peter Sobotta, Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox, Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman, as well as the promotional debut of Canadian standout Claude Patrick against an undetermined opponent.
The Fight Network will have more details on the status of UFC 115 as they are revealed.