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In a recent article by the San Antonio Express-News, UFC Vice President Marc Ratner reveals that the organization is currently looking to hold an event in San Antonio, Texas during the latter half of 2009, likely at the AT&T Center, which serves as the home for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs :
Don’t look now, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship could be on its way to the Alamo City. The UFC, the biggest and best of the professional mixed martial arts organizations, is eyeing the AT&T Center for a show this coming fall.
“San Antonio is very much on our radar,” said Marc Ratner, vice president of government and regulatory affairs for the UFC. “If we can make it work, it will happen.”
AT&T Center officials confirmed the UFC’s interest for 2009, but noted even open dates in the spring and early summer have to be reserved for the Spurs in case the team advances deep into the NBA playoffs. As a result, Ratner said the UFC would consider bringing its show to Freeman Coliseum, which is located next door to the AT&T Center.
The article also goes on to quote Ratner as stating that the UFC’s schedule is already booked up until July, which leaves the second half of the year for the UFC to try and fit themselves into the AT&T Center’s busy schedule.
The UFC last came to Texas in April 2007 for UFC 69, which featured Matt Serra’s shocking upset of Georges St. Pierre to claim the UFC welterweight title. The event was a success in just about every aspect and likely moved the UFC to consider another trip back to the state.
HT: MMA Junkie
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