BIG GAME PLAYERS AND ICONS SHARE THEIR UFC® 143 MAIN EVENT PICKS

Feb 3, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nevada –The biggest sporting weekend of the year kicks off Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, when welterweight giants Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit collide for the interim UFC 170-pound championship. With the big fight taking place just one night before the highest profile football game of the year, big gridiron stars past and present are weighing in on who takes the title.

New York Giant Eli Manning, former champ Michael Strahan, All-Pro linebacker Dhani Jones, former MVP Kurt Warner, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, and former world champion Warren Sapp all have opinions on Diaz vs. Condit.

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UFC®143: DIAZ vs. CONDIT will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

Tickets are also available for the first-ever live, 3-D broadcast of a UFC® Pay-Per-View event and may be purchased at www.ufc.com/3D, as well as at theatre box offices across the country. Fans can visit the website for information on which theatres will be carrying the event in their respective regions.

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® is the world’s premier MMA organization and produces over 12 UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually around the globe. UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. This year, FOX will broadcast four fight cards annually. In spring 2012, The Ultimate Fighter®, UFC’s signature weekly reality TV show, debuts on FX. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in 150 countries, territories and jurisdictions, reaching over one billion homes worldwide, in 21 different languages.

UFC® also boasts a powerful presence online, with UFC.com attracting over seven million unique visitors per month, while also possessing one of the most powerful social media followings in all of professional sports. To date, UFC has over six million fans on Facebook and over 475,000 followers on Twitter. In addition, UFC President Dana White is one of the most accessible and most followed executives in sports with nearly 1.9 million followers on Twitter. On January 22, 2011, UFC continued to set trends in social media, becoming the first major sports league to stream live, broadcast quality action on Facebook.

Ancillary businesses include best-selling DVDs, UFC Magazine, the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, and articulated action figures.

For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com.

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