St. Louis Will Host Its First UFC Card On January 14, 2018 At Scottrade Center
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hosted its first fight in November of 1993. On January 14, 2018, the mixed martial arts organization will host its first fights in St. Louis, Missouri.
The MMA promotion announced its first scheduled 2018 events today. The Fight Night card at Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis, Missouri is currently scheduled to be the first event of the new year for the promotion.
The card is set to air nationally on Fox Sports 1. Fight Night cards are scheduled between now and the end of 2017 in Virginia, Australia, China, California and Canada.
Details of the St. Louis card have not been announced. Nor have fighters involved been announced.
While the January 2018 event will mark the first UFC event held in St. Louis, the city will have to wait a little longer for one of the fighting promotion’s premiere events.
The Sunday show in St. Louis will be a UFC Fight Night event. UFC 220 will take place at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20, 2018.
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The 2018 Q1 Kickoff Schedule has been released!! pic.twitter.com/eyhs6laiAB
— UFC (@ufc) November 5, 2017
Scottrade Center announced via Twitter that tickets for UFC Fight Night in St. Louis will go on sale on December 1, 2017.
— Scottrade Center (@ScottradeCenter) November 5, 2017
Could Tyron Woodley Fight In St. Louis?
Tyron Woodley, a former wrestler for Brian Smith at the University of Missouri, is among the current UFC fighters from St. Louis. Woodley is also one of the promotion’s brightest stars.
The 35-year old native of Ferguson, Missouri is 18-3-1 in the UFC and the current UFC Welterweight Champion. He last defended his title on July 29 at UFC 214 in Anaheim against Demian Maia and earned a five-round decision.
Woodley has said he wants to fight the winner of the November 4th fight between the recently unretired Georges St-Pierre and Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping.
While Woodley’s next fight has not been announced, seeing him headline the St. Louis card is highly unlikely. His next fight could come around that time, but will likely be at a pay-per-view “numbered” event rather than a Fight Night event airing on FS1.
Recent Renovations At Scottrade Center
The venue currently known as Scottrade Center opened in downtown St. Louis on October 8, 1994 as Kiel Center.
The venue has previously hosted MMA cards under the flags of other promotions such as Belator and Shamrock FC that have featured fighters like Michael Chandler, Ken Shamrock and the late Kimbo Slice.
The 2018 UFC Fight Night event will be the first held in St. Louis by the promotion.
So why now for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in St. Louis?
One factor could be that the 23-year old arena recently underwent over $60 million in renovations, including a new video board that has been very well-received. How the renovations will ultimately be paid for is currently the subject of a lawsuit set to go to trial next month. The suit finds the city of St. Louis and one of its own Alderwomen on opposing sides.
Tickets for UFC Fight Night in St. Louis on January 14, 2018 will go on sale December 1, 2017 at 10 AM. Tickets may be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office or online via the venue website.
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