Health and Fitness EXPOs & Tradeshow News
September 21, 2009
three consecutive shows that scored some of the
biggest crowds in the promotion’s history, the
Ultimate Fighting Championship will not return to
Columbus for a fourth show in 2010.
Beginning in 2007, the UFC hosted an annual
pay-per-view event at Nationwide Arena in conjunction
with the Arnold Sports Festival, a popular three-day
sports and fitness exhibition.
However, at a press conference for this weekend’s UFC
103 event, UFC president Dana White said a fourth show
isn’t on the calendar for 2010.
The news should come as a surprise to Ohio MMA fans,
especially since White vowed to return.
“We love Columbus,” White said during Columbus’
festivities for UFC 96 in March. “Every year we’ve
been here, we’ve been successful. We plan to keep
going back every year and making this a regular
However, the UFC’s plans to tap into new markets has
apparently forced the change.
The UFC made its Ohio
(and Midwest) debut in 2007 with UFC 68, which
featured Randy Couture’s upset of Tim Sylvia for the
UFC heavyweight title. The event set a still-standing
U.S. MMA attendance record (19,049) and shattered the
Nationwide Arena record with a $3 million gate. The
following year, the UFC returned to Columbus for UFC
82 (headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson),
which drew 16,043 for a $2.2 million gate. And this
year, UFC 96, headlined by Quinton Jackson vs. Keith
Jardine, drew another 17,033 attendees for a $1.8