Well one of the final pieces of the logistical puzzle for UFC 72 has fallen into place with The Fight Network confirming through various sources that UFC 72 will be held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“Back in January, The Fight Network explored rumours of UFC events spreading into Ireland, especially with the launching of a separate satellite office in London. While the UFC has not made an official announcement, we have confirmed though various employees there that UFC 73 be held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on June 16.
The Odyssey currently hosts the local ice hockey team in the Belfast Giants, and in that capacity, seats a modest 10,000 spectators (that number could rise with floor seating added). For British fans, Belfast is a trip across the Irish Sea, but to put things into perspective for our American readers, the flight is similar to that of Las Vegas to Los Angeles and budget airline operations between Britain and Ireland may mean that a lot of the Brits will travel for this show.”
This event is scheduled to be headlined by a matchup between two top contenders in former champ Rich Franklin and Martin Kampmann. Although this event, like UFC 70 in a couple weeks, doesn’t have a title match main event it could prove to be a good separator between UFC 71 in May and UFC 73 in early July. UFC 71 and 73 will feature title defenses by Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, and Sean Sherk.