The UFC is looking east for a change as officials from the organization are thinking about having Philadelphia play host to UFC 101.
MMAMania.com is reporting that the UFC is looking at the Wachovia Center as a destination for the yet-to-be announced pay-per-view believed to be scheduled for August 8. It appears previous plans to host UFC 101 in Portland, Oregon have fallen through.
UFC 101, which is expected to feature Randy Couture taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a battle of former UFC heavyweight champions as well as former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin making his return from a hand injury as he goes up against Thiago Silva.
Although nothing has been confirmed, it seems as very likely that UFC 101 take place somewhere on the East Coast, which would mark the first time the UFC has promoted an event in the region since UFC 78 in November of 2007 in Newark, New Jersey.
Pennsylvania recently became the latest state to legalize the sport of MMA when they passed the law into regulation on February 27. The whole process took almost 18 months but it couldn’t have come at a better time for fans of the sport and residents of the state, as the UFC brings in much needed tax revenue into any city it holds an event in.
While nothing has been reported or confirmed another bout that could make its way on to the card would be a lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian, who hails from Massachusetts. The two fights already booked are both worthy of main event status and could be augmented by additional stars with ties to the region. The UFC generally looks to book local fighters as often as possible and would look to capitalize on such stars as Josh Koshcheck, Brian Stann and Mac Danzig.
Koscheck wrestled for Edinborough University, Stann grew up in Scranton and is married to a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader, while Danzig hails from Pittsburgh. It is also possible that the promotion could look to sign several top local prospects to make their debuts on the undercard.