The Octagon sets up shop in Glasgow, Scotland Saturday morning, as UFC Fight Night 72 goes down.
Courtesy of the promotion, check out the media notes for the event. FightLine will have complete coverage of all the action:
UFC FIGHT NIGHT GLASGOW
History is made – UFC Fight Night – is the first UFC event ever to be held in Scotland. For many years now, mixed martial arts fans have been longing for the organisation to host a live event in Scotland.
It was this demand from fans, together with the overwhelming success of recent UFC events held in the nearby cities of Dublin and London, which led to UFC’s decision to visit Scotland for the very first time.
Tickets to the event sold out in a matter of hours following general release and fans are expected to travel from all over the world to witness this historic event.
A hero returns
Michael “The Count” Bisping (26-7-0, fighting out of California, USA) has not fought in the UK in almost five years. Since then, UK fans have longed to witness the return of the top 10 ranked middleweight on home soil. Bisping himself has described the opportunity to headline a fight card in front of home fans as a “dream come true”.
“The Count” will be looking to put on a memorable performance for fans against a dangerous opponent in Brazil’s Thales Leites (25-4-0, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). For Bisping, a win would not only cement his position as arguably the greatest fighter ever to come out of the UK but it could also move him one step closer to that all important shot at the UFC middleweight world title.
Scottish Fighting Spirit
UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites features three Scottish athletes – The No. 9 ranked UFC women’s strawweight, Joanne “Jojo” Calderwood (9-1-0, fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland), lightweight Stevie “Braveheart” Ray (17-5-0, fighting out of Fife, Scotland) and featherweight Robert Whiteford (11-2-0, fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland).
Following the announcement that UFC would host its first ever event in Scotland, all three fighters made no secret of their desire to feature on the fight card.
For Calderwood, Ray and Whiteford, this is the opportunity of a lifetime…the chance to step inside the Octagon in front of a home crowd and represent Scotland on the biggest stage in the world.
Best of British
Joining Michael Bisping on this stacked fight card are fellow Englishmen Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson (19-8-0, fighting out of San Diego, California) – who takes on Evan Dunham (15-6-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada) in the co-main event – Leon “Rocky” Edwards (9-2-0, fighting out of Birmingham, England), who faces Polish grappler Pawel Pawlak (11-1-0, fighting out of Lodz, Poland), and veteran Vaughan Lee (14-10-0, fighting out of Birmingham, England), who meets fellow flyweight Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan (11-1-1, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland).
More than 10,000 fans are expected to fill the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday and UK fans will undoubtedly be out in full force to showcase their support for their home country heroes.
The Fighting Irish
Also featuring on this July 18th fight card are three fighters from Ireland. SBG’s Paddy Holohan will take the baton from his Dublin teammates, many of who were in action just last weekend at UFC 189 in Las Vegas. Holohan will be joined by lightweight Joe “Irish” Duffy (13-1-0, fighting out of Donegal, Ireland) who takes on Brazilian Ivan Jorge (26-4-0, fighting out of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina).
Meanwhile Paul “Redser” Redmond (10-5-0, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) will meet Scotsman Robert Whiteford. All three Irishmen will be no doubt be hoping that their home fans, known all over the world for their unwavering passion and love of MMA, will be in full voice inside the arena on Saturday.
An international affair
This truly international fight card features 12 bouts across 9 different weight divisions. Fighters from 11 different countries will compete and the event will be watched by millions of people all over the world.
It is events such as this, which demonstrate the global reach of UFC and, indeed, the sport of mixed martial arts.