Philadelphia Named as Host City for Second UFC on ESPN Card on March 30

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 8, 2019

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will travel to “The City of Brotherly Love” for the first time in more than seven years on March 30.

It was announced on Tuesday that the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will host UFC on ESPN 2 — the promotion’s second event on ESPN television. No bouts were revealed for the upcoming card. The UFC will debut on ESPN network on Feb. 17 with a card in Phoenix headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Cain Velasquez and Francis Ngannou.

The Las Vegas-based promotion debuted in Philadelphia with UFC 101 on Aug. 8, 2009. That card saw B.J. Penn retain his lightweight belt with a fourth-round submission of Kenny Florian in the evening’s main event, while Anderson Silva scored a first-round knockout against Forrest Griffin in the co-headliner.

The organization’s only other trip to Philadelphia occurred two years later at UFC 133, which featured a main event pitting Rashad Evans against Tito Ortiz. Evans defeated Ortiz by second-round TKO in their rematch.


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