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Tickets officially go on sale for UFC 155 this Friday at box office of the event’s venue, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV and all Ticketmaster locations. Prices range from $75 to $800, plus additional fees. UFC Fight Club members can purchase their tickets on Wednesday at 1PM ET, while subscribers to the UFC’s e-newsletter can purchase their tickets at 1PM ET on Thursday.
On Dec. 29, The MGM Grand Garden Arena will host UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II, which features a rematch from the UFC’s November debut on Fox as UFC heavyweight world champion Junior Dos Santos aims for another successful title defense against former champion and top contender Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos needed only one minute and nine seconds to clinch another UFC victory, end Cain Velasquez’s undefeated streak as a pro fighter, and become the first Brazilian to win the UFC heavyweight title.
Speaking of UFC 155, Erik Koch, Ricardo Lamas, Erik Perez, Byron Bloodworth, Brad Pickett, and Eddie Wineland finally have their next fights set, as all six will compete on Dec. 29 in Vegas.
Koch will ride a four-fight win streak to meet Lamas, who defeated Hatsu Hioki by unanimous decision this past June. Meanwhile, Perez will look to extend his UFC run to 3-0 against Bloodworth, who saw a three-fight win streak snapped against Mike Easton last October. Finally, Pickett and Wineland will compete after respective “Knockout of the Night” victories, with Pickett’s coming at UFC on Fuel TV 5 over Yves Jabouin and Wineland’s coming at UFC on FX 3 over Scott Jorgensen
811,000 viewers tuned in Friday night to watch Team Nelson’s Colton Smith earn a controversial majority-decision victory over Team Carwin’s Eddy Ellis after two rounds, despite many observers and even UFC president Dana White believing the bout should have seen the “sudden victory” third frame.
Nevertheless, the figures show a 23-percent increase from the series-low of 624,000, which came in week five of the current season of The Ultimate Fighter. This season, the 16th U.S. season of the show, will conclude on Dec. 15 as coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson collide in The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. The TUF 16 welterweight final also occurs on the finale.
The UFC 154 fight card will feature 13 fights, with eight native Canadians in action, as well as Salvadorian-Canadian bantamweight Ivan Menjivar. The main event features a UFC welterweight title unification bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, while Johny Hendricks and Martin Kampmann compete in the night’s co-headliner. In addition, the international affair includes Brazilians Rafael Dos Anjos and Rodrigo Damm, as well as Swedish prospect Besam Yousef, Italian knockout artist Alessio Sakara, Cypriot middleweight Constantinos “Costa” Philippou, and more.
The current card, set for Nov. 17 from Montreal, Quebec’s Bell Centre, reads as follows:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Georges St-Pierre vs. interim champ Carlos Condit (welterweight-title unification)
Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann
Tom Lawlor vs. Francis Carmont
Cyrille Diabate vs. Chad Griggs
Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara
Constantinos Philippou vs. Nick Ring
John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout
Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm
Azamat Gashimov vs. Ivan Menjivar
Stephen Thompson vs. Besam Yousef
Darren Elkins vs. Steven Siler
An injury to undefeated Brazilian prospect Marcelo Guimaraes opens a door for David Mitchell, who currently rides a two-fight losing streak. After suffering his first two pro losses to Paulo Thiago and TJ Waldberger, Mitchell hopes to snap the five-fight win streak of debuting prospect Hyun Gyu Lim. Meanwhile, Lim’s UFC debut comes in what Lim will remember as his first time fighting on Chinese soil
Chad Mendes can finally stop hearing all about that misdemeanor battery charge that took up his time for a good portion of the summer. The former featherweight contender appeared in court today, where the District Attorney formally dropped the charge, though Mendes did plead no contest to disturbing the peace and paid a fine for it prior to departing from court.
As it stands, Mendes will still meet Hacran Dias at UFC on FX 6 in Australia
Photo: UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (Colin Foster/Sherdog)