Las Vegas, Nevada - The biggest weekend in sports just got a little bigger. The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that it will be returning to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 with a featherweight title superfight between reigning champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Plus, former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem* returns to the Octagon to battle the heavy-handed Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, while former UFC light heavyweight champion "Suga" Rashad Evans meets Rogerio "Lil Nog" Nogueira in a pivotal 205-pound clash. An exciting welterweight bout will also take place, as Jon Fitch meets Demian Maia.
Held on the same weekend as the biggest football game of the year, there's no doubt that the UFC is bringing out its big guns on Feb. 2.
"Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar is a fight the fans have wanted to see for a long time and on Feb. 2, the superfight is going to happen," UFC President Dana White said. "Our fights on Super Bowl weekend are always some of the biggest and best and this year will be no different. In addition to the Aldo vs. Edgar featherweight title fight, we've got Alistair Overeem vs. 'Bigfoot' Silva, Rashad Evans vs. 'Lil Nog,' and Jon Fitch taking on Demian Maia."
Tickets for UFC156: ALDO vs. EDGAR, presented by BUD LIGHT, go on sale Friday, Nov. 30 at noon PT and are priced at $750, $500, $350, $225, $125 and $75. Tickets will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Nov. 28 at noon PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Nov. 29, starting at noon PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC156: ALDO vs. EDGAR 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, and in Canada on 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.
*Overeem's participation in the event is pending approval and licensing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.