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UFC looking to conquer new markets in 2009

During a special public Q&A session last Tuesday at the Sports USA Bar in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, UFC President Dana White gave a brief outline of cities in which the promotion will look to promote in 2009.

While interacting with fans, White indicated at various stages of the Q&A that the promotion has its eyes on domestic events next year to be held in both Tennessee as well as a return to North Carolina – possibly in Charlotte – by the end of 2009. also spoke with a Spike TV official last week who confirmed a previous report by that the UFC will be holding its UFC Fight Night 17 event on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. It’s believed that the UFC will look to promote more UFC Fight Night events outside of Vegas next year.

The UFC will also look to expand its global presence next year by promoting events in Britain and Ireland in 2009. UFC 99 is also tentatively scheduled to take place on June 13 in Cologne, Germany at the Lanxess Arena. White mentioned the Phillipines, France, Italy, and Spain as other potential International destinations next year as well.

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