This year the UFC will hold its annual events honoring Memorial Day and July 4th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. While the organization has not officially announced either show given the amount of time remaining before each holiday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed the UFC had requested the dates of May 26 and July 7 for events at familiar fight venue.
Both events from 2011 were also held at the MGM Grand with UFC 130: Jackson vs. Hamill and UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber. The latter was particularly memorable based on Carlos Condit’s knockout of Dong Hyun Kim, Chris Leben laying Wanderlei Silva out in 27 seconds, and Tito Ortiz’s shocking upset of Ryan Bader.
This year Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 28 with July 4 coming on a Wednesday.
No fights have been linked to either card though Ortiz has come out to say he’s hopeful he’ll fight on one of the two cards as a means of retiring almost exactly fifteen years to the day he started out his storied MMA career.