By now it must be clear to all of you that as a lifelong Philadelphia native, I am a huge mark for just about any MMA news relating to the “City Of Brotherly Love”. That being said, I almost fell out of my chair a few minutes ago when I read that UFC 101 could indeed take place in my own backyard at the Wachovia Center, in south Philadelphia. For those who don’t know, the Wachovia Center is a 20,000 seat venue which houses Philly’s professional hockey and basketball teams, the Flyers and the 76ers.
I have stated before that since MMA is now kosher in Pennsylvania, a UFC event at the Wachovia center would stand to do extremely well given the popularity of mixed martial arts throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. Heck, my MMA school alone (of which there are many in the area) is probably good for at least a couple dozen tickets, give or take.
Before I get even further ahead of myself, it should be noted that nothing is officially confirmed at this time regarding UFC 101’s venue, however the Wachovia Center is still unbooked for Saturday night, August 8th, which is a strong sign.
Sorry Portland, but we have been very, very patient.
The three bouts already confirmed for UFC 101 are:
- Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Forrest Griffin vs. Thiago Silva
- Melvin Guillard vs. Thiago Tavares