Two Blockbuster Championship Fights Headline UFC International Fight Week
(C) Stipe Miocic vs. (C – LHW) Daniel Cormier
(C) Max Holloway vs. (#1) Brian Ortega
Tickets for UFC 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER at T-Mobile Arena and The Ultimate Fighter Finale at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort Go on Sale Friday, April 27
LAS VEGAS (April 24, 2018) – The seventh annual UFC® International Fight WeekÔ will feature a heavyweight championship superfight, as well as a thrilling featherweight championship bout. Following their coaching duties on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic goes for a record fourth consecutive successful title defense against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. Also at UFC® 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER, featherweight champion Max Holloway will take on undefeated No. 1 contender Brian Ortega. The event will take place at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, July 7 and will air live on Pay-Per-View. THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED FINALE goes down Friday, July 6 at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort and will air live on FS1.
Miocic (18-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) etched his name in the history books this past January, earning a record third consecutive heavyweight title defense with a dominant victory over Francis Ngannou. The former NCAA Division I wrestler is currently riding a six-fight win streak. During this run he’s earned spectacular knockouts against Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. He looks to continue building his legacy with another impressive performance.
Light heavyweight champion Cormier (20-1 1NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) is no stranger to the 265-pound division. The former Olympian won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2012 with a five-round victory over Josh Barnett. He also holds victories over former champ Frank Mir, Antonio Silva and Roy Nelson. In January, Cormier successfully defended his 205-pound title against Volkan Oezdemir. He is now gunning to become only the fifth fighter to win titles in two UFC divisions.
Currently riding one of the most impressive win streaks in UFC history, Holloway (19-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) secured his first successful title defense with a spectacular TKO win over former titleholder Jose Aldo in December. During his run, he’s earned victories against former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens and Cub Swanson. Holloway aims to continue his dominant ways by dispatching an undefeated title threat.
Ortega (14-0 1NC, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) has been on a tear since joining the UFC in 2014. In his last three outings, he’s taken home four Fight Night bonuses, and in March, he became the first fighter to finish former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. Known for his incredible grappling and evolving striking, he’s also finished Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano, Clay Guida and Thiago Tavares. With UFC gold in his sights, Ortega plans to hand Holloway his first loss in almost five years.
Additional bouts for UFC® 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER include:
- In a battle of powerful heavyweight strikers, No. 1-ranked contender and former title challenger Francis Ngannou (11-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. by way of Batie, Cameroon) squares off with No. 6 Derrick Lewis (19-5 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Texas)
- Decorated kickboxing star Gokhan Saki (1-1, fighting out of Kars, Turkey by way of Schiedam, Netherlands) returns to the Octagon® against hard-hitting Khalil Rountree (7-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)
- In a clash of middleweight KO artists, No. 10-ranked contender Uriah Hall (14-8. Fighting out of Queens, N.Y.) takes on unbeaten No. 14 Paulo Costa (11-0, fighting out of Contagem, Brazil)
- In a pivotal bantamweight contest, No. 3-ranked Raphael Assuncao (26-5, fighting out of Alpharetta, Ga. by way of Recife, Brazil) takes on No. 12 Rob Font (15-3, fighting out of Woburn, Mass.)
- Dangerous strikers Yancy Medeiros (15-5 1NC, fighting out of Makaha, Hawaii) and Mike Perry (11-3, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) will throw down in a welterweight bout
Bouts for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED FINALE include:
- THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED featherweight and lightweight tournament finals
- Middleweight finishers collide as Alessio Di Chirico (11-2, fighting out of Rome, Italy) faces Julian Marquez (7-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)
- In a battle of The Ultimate Fighter veterans, Roxanne Modafferi (21-15, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) squares off with Barb Honchak (10-4, fighting out of Everett, Wash.)
- Montana De La Rosa (8-4, fighting out of Fort Worth, Tex.) will lock horns with her former Ultimate Fighter teammate Rachael Ostovich (4-3, fighting out of Honolulu, Hawaii)
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
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UFC® 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 7, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED FINALE will air live on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Friday, July 6, with prelims starting FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Tickets for UFC® 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER go on sale Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $800, $650, $550, $450, $375, $300, $240, $205, $165, $125 and $85 (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.axs.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 26 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
Tickets for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: UNDEFEATED FINALE go on sale Friday, April 27 at 12 p.m. PT and are priced at $279, $179 and $105 (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on Wednesday, April 25 at 12 p.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 26 starting at 12 p.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
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About T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena, the 20,000-seat venue located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, opened April 6, 2016. The arena hosts more than 100 events annually including major headline entertainment, awards shows, UFC, boxing, basketball and other sporting events, family shows and special events. In Fall 2017, T-Mobile Arena welcomed the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League expansion team and the city’s first professional sports team. The city’s newest landmark, recently named the “2017 Venue of the Year” by Billboard Touring” as well as the “Best New Major Concert Venue” by Pollstar Magazine, features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed T-Mobile Arena to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit the T-Mobile Arena website at www.t-mobilearena.com.
About Pearl Concert Theater
The Pearl is Las Vegas’ premier concert theater boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders. The newly renovated venue features a stage just four feet from the floor with the farthest seat a mere 120 feet back, offering the utmost in intimate concert viewing. Private and semi-private skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges, and restrooms. The Pearl is a marvel of modern technology boasting top-of-the-line sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to Studio at the Palms, The Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency. For more information, please visit www.palms.com.
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