The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced UFC 86 “Jackson vs. Griffin”, which will take place on July 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The pay-per-view event will be headlined by “The Ultimate Fighter 7” coach and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and fellow-coach and former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin who will clash for the UFC 205-pound title.
“Forrest Griffin has come full circle; he started in the UFC as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter and now he is a coach of the show. Rampage Jackson took the UFC by storm by defeating Chuck Liddell to become the UFC Light Heavyweight champion and then defeating Pride champion Dan Henderson to unify the belts,” said Dana White, UFC President, in a press release announcing the July event. “Both of these guys did great as coaches this season, and now they will face off for the undisputed UFC World Light Heavyweight Championship.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale Saturday, April 12th, beginning at 1pm ET and will range in price from $800 to $50. Two presales will also take place before tickets go on sale to the general public. UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, April 9th at 1pm ET while UFC newsletter subscribers can purchase tickets beginning Friday, April 11th at 1pm ET.
The UFC has also confirmed three additional bouts for the July 5th fight card. In main card action lightweight contender Joe Stevenson will take on Gleison Tibau and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will face Justin McCully. On the untelevised preliminary card, Melvin Guillard will return to the octagon against Dennis Siver.
UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin Fight Card
- Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
- Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
- Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
- Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
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