The UFC put out a press release today in promotion of the long-rumored UFC 123 event set to take place this November 20th at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit suburb Auburn Hills, Michigan. In the press release UFC President Dana White confirmed the card’s main attractions, a light heavyweight bout between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and a welterweight rubber match between former champions Matt Hughes and BJ “The Prodigy” Penn.
“When you think of Detroit, the first names that come to mind are legends like Joe Louis and Tommy Hearns,” White said. “This is a real fight town with diehard fight fans, so I’m happy to be the guy bringing big fights to the Motor City.
“We’re bringing the best UFC fighters here on November 20th,” added White. “’Rampage’ Jackson and Lyoto Machida are two of the top light heavyweights in the world. I expect this fight to be a war, as both of these guys want to get back in the title run. The co-main event is Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn, two of the best fighters in UFC history. They have both beat each other and jumped at the opportunity to fight a third time.”
Stu Mayer, Senior Vice President of Sports & Events for Palace Sports & Entertainment, also joined in on the press release, expressing his eagerness to welcome the UFC.
“We’ve stayed in constant touch with the UFC for several years now in working together to develop an opportunity to place one of their electrifying events at The Palace of Auburn Hills,” Mayer said. “We’re both extremely pleased that it’s finally become a reality. UFC 123 will no doubt be embraced by the greater Detroit area and throughout the state of Michigan.”
The event will makr the UFC’s first return to Michigan and the Detroit area since UFC 9: Motor City Madness which was held in May of 1996.