Although not yet confirmed by the UFC, Chicago is rumored to be playing host to UFC 90, tentatively scheduled for October 25th. According to agents and managers, recruitment for fighters has already begun for the UFC’s October offering.
With a deal not yet signed with SpikeTV for the airing of UFC 89, which will be held in Birmingham, England at the National Indoor Arena, and features the main event of Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben, the date of the Chicago event may be pushed back, but UFC executives remain hopeful a deal will be reached.
When and if the event in Chicago happens, it will be the first time for Illinois MMA fans to see the UFC within state lines, with legislation just being passed in September of ’07 which regulated the sport. Chicago is an untapped market for MMA, and has long been a goal of Dana White and the UFC.
The Allstate Arena will be the likely location of the historical fight night. The venue holds 20,000 and is located just outside of central Chicago in Rosemont.