Prudential Center opened in Newark in October of 2007.
MMA Card Scheduled for Saturday, March 27th
Newark, N.J. (Thursday, January 7, 2010) – The eyes of Mixed Martial Arts fans around the world will be on Prudential Center on Saturday, March 27th, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship brings its UFC 111 card to Newark, New Jersey. Headlined by a title defense of Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre (19-2-0) against Dan Hardy (23-6-0), the card will be the first UFC event hosted by the newest arena in the metropolitan area.
“UFC 111 will see our first two title fights of 2010, and they’re both incredible matchups,” UFC President Dana White commented. “Georges St-Pierre is pound for pound one of the very best fighters in the world and has been dominant as welterweight champion, but Dan Hardy has the punching power and the confidence to score an upset on March 27th.”
With an intestinal issue making the future uncertain for UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, UFC 111 will also feature an interim title fight between undefeated Shane Carwin (11-0-0) and Frank Mir (13-4-0), who handed Lesnar his only loss in the Octagon early on in the career of the sidelined champion. The only loss for Mir in his the last five fights was a rematch against a better-groomed Lesnar at UFC 100.
“I can’t say enough about a fight that has undefeated powerhouse wrestler Shane Carwin taking on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir for the interim belt,” White said of the Carwin-Mir battle. “This fight pits Carwin’s one punch KO power versus Mir’s fight-ending submission game. Both of these matches are can’t miss fights in terms of action.”
While this action-packed card is the first stop at Prudential Center by the UFC, it will be the second time that the state-of-the-art facility has hosted an MMA card. The first national telecast of the defunct Elite XC took place at Prudential Center in 2008, a card that featured current Strikeforce fighter Gina Carano and street fighter Kimbo Slice, who has since worked his way into UFC after going through The Ultimate Fighter. Prudential Center has also become the preferred home of Polish heavyweight boxer Tomasz Adamek, who will defend his IBF International Heavyweight title against Jason Estrada in his fourth fight in Newark on February 6th.
Tickets for UFC 111 are priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, and the event will go on sale this Saturday, January 9th, at 10 a.m. EST. For more information, log onto www.PruCenter.com.