UFC officials today officially announced the organization’s June 13 show at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. This is the UFC’s first ever trip to Germany and the next step in UFC’s global expansion.
“June 13, 2009, is a huge day in the history of the UFC,” stated UFC president Dana White. “It has been a long time coming, but the best fighters on the planet are finally heading to Germany for our first event ever in mainland Europe.”
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin will headline UFC 99: “The Comeback” opposite ex-PRIDE superstar Wanderlei Silva in a special 195-pound catch-weight bout.
UFC President Dana White further explains the main event: “We are coming with a stacked card and a unique main event. Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva is another of those dream fights fans never thought they’d get to see – but we are making it happen in Germany…. Everyone knows Rich moved up to light heavyweight a couple of fights ago while Wanderlei is planning on fighting at 185 pounds from now on, but this fight is too exciting a match not to happen and both these guys deserve a ton of credit for taking this fight at 195 pounds.”
UFC 99 was originally expected to feature a main event between UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn and top contender Kenny Florian. Penn recently decided he needed more time off from fighting so therefore the lightweight title bout will no longer take place at UFC 99.
UFC 99 has some very interesting rumored match-ups. In his UFC return, Caol Uno will take on hard hitting UFC veteran Spencer Fisher and heavyweights Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez have agreed to a bout. Welterweight contenders Marcus Davis and Dan Hardy are also rumored to fight at UFC 99.