The UFC’s first event of the year will be held in January in Newcastle, England according to a report from The Fight Network:
While the Ultimate Fighting Championship has mapped out events for Nov. 17, Dec. 29, and Feb. 2 in the U.S., its UK arm is planning its first event of 2008 for as early as January 19 or 26.
UFC 80 is scheduled to touch down at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, a northern city with a population of only 260,000, but well known throughout the country for its vibrant nightlife and personality. The 11,000-seat Metro arena is a choice venue, as it has hosted numerous World Wrestling Entertainment events and will likely attract an MMA-savvy audience.
Previous reports stated that the UFC was tentatively planning a January event in Montreal, Canada but that event now appears to be on hold until later in 2008. The proposed event had hit scheduling conflicts with hockey season being in full swing. Georges St. Pierre, who will receive a title shot in 2008, will now likely headline the event.
According to the report Jess Liaudin is likely to face Marcus Davis at the event while Terry Etim may fight Per Eklund.