UFC Announces April 21 Return to Atlantic City, Its First Card at Boardwalk Hall in 13 Years

By Jordan Breen Feb 1, 2018
It’s taken nearly 13 years, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship is finally headed back to the boardwalk.

The UFC’s recent rush of event announcements continued on Thursday afternoon at the promotion revealed that it will bring a UFC Fight Night card to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 21. The event has not been numbered but projects to be UFC Fight Night 128.

Press of Atlantic City was first to report the event’s scheduling.

It will be the UFC’s first card in Atlantic City since July 2014’s UFC Fight Night 45 at the ill-fated Revel Casino Hotel, where “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone knocked out in the main event. However, it will be the first time the UFC runs Boardwalk Hall since UFC 53 in June 2005, when then-heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski knocked out Justin Eilers and Rich Franklin captured the UFC middleweight title from Evan Tanner.

Thie past July, Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority entered into two public-private partnerships worth up to $7 million. One was a deal with Comcast NBC Universal worth up to $3 million; the other, worth up to $4 million, was with UFC parent company William Morris Endeavor, to bring “destination events” to Boardwalk Hall and its convention center.

No fights have been announced for the UFC’s return to Atlantic City as of yet.


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