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Ireland?s UFC 72 event, which is rumored to feature a headline fight of former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin vs. Martin Kampmann, will take place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland, on June 16, according to The Fight Network.

Sherdog.com reported last week the main-event fighters and the fact that the event would be held in Ireland, but UFC 72?s venue remained a mystery.

However, according to The Fight Network (citing sources in the UFC?s recently opened United Kingdom office), the event will take place in Ireland?s biggest indoor stadium, which is part of The Odyssey, a large sports and entertainment center situated in Queen?s Island, Belfast. The venue is home to the UK Elite League?s Belfast Giants ice hockey team and can accommodate more than 10,000 spectators.

The UFC will host its next event on April 21 in Manchester, England, at the M.E.N. Arena. It will be the UFC?s first show outside the U.S. since ?UFC 38: Brawl in the Hall,? which was held in London in 2002.

The UFC recently opened its U.K. office with the accompanying announcement that the organization would explore an international roster of host cities, which could result in an event in Mexico (with Mexico City a likely option) that could be held as early as the end of this year.

Additionally, should the rumored deal between UFC and HBO continue to stall, UFC 72 could be shown on Spike TV on a tape-delay basis, similar to the setup for next weekend?s UFC 70 event, according to a recent Wrestling Observer report.

The report also states that a Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez bout could be added to the UFC 72 card.

The event will be the first ever held in Ireland.


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Tickets for June 16?s ?UFC 72: Victory? event in Belfast, Ireland, go on sale beginning tomorrow.

The event ? the first-ever UFC show in Ireland ? features a main event of former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (21-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) vs. Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC). It?ll air on Spike TV.

Just recently, Franklin?s management stated that the fight hadn?t been finalized. However, based on the event?s official promotional poster, the UFC appears to have secured the former champ for the main event.

UFC Fight Club members will have first dibs at UFC 72 tickets beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18 at 4 a.m. ET. To join the UFC Fight Club and to learn more about its membership perks, visit www.ufcfightclub.com.

UFC.com newsletter subscribers can then purchase tickets beginning Friday, April 20 at 4 a.m. ET. Newsletter subscribers should have already been contacted via email with a presale password to use at ticketmaster. (You can sign up for the newsletter at UFC.com. When doing so, you?ll learn that the password is ?Victory? for this event.)

Finally, tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, April 21 at 4 a.m. ET.

UFC 72 takes place at the Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland. Additional rumored matches include Forrest Griffin (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Hector Ramirez (6-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Tyson Griffin (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Clay Guida (21-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and Eddie Sanchez (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Colin Robinson (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

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Now Confirmed...

UFC ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER FIGHT IN BELFASTULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP?

ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER FIGHT IN BELFAST

UFC Announces UK Fight Card

72: VICTORY

RICH ?ACE? FRANKLIN vs. MARTIN KAMPMANN

FORREST GRIFFIN vs. HECTOR RAMIREZ

LIVE FROM THE ODYSSEY ARENA

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, April 21- 9am BST

Manchester, England (UK) �" The Ultimate Fighting Championship? (UFC?) organization today announced it will bring the world?s most exciting mixed martial arts event straight back to Europe, this time to fight fans in Northern Ireland. Topping off the international lineup of fights will be the middleweight main event clash Rich ?Ace? Franklin vs. Denmark?s Martin Kampmann, and the light heavyweight special feature Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez. UFC 72: VICTORY will take place live from Belfast at the Odyssey Arena Saturday, June 16, 2007.

?We are very excited to bring the UFC to Northern Ireland,? said UFC President Dana White. ?We are having our first fight in Manchester this Saturday, and we are ready to come right back and have another blockbuster event in Europe. UFC 72 will be one of many record-setting events -- our London office is already working on more fights for 2007, and a regular series of fights for 2008. Our goal is to bring the best fights with the best fighters to all of our UFC fans, whether they are based in Nevada or Northern Ireland.?

Tickets for UFC 72: VICTORY go on sale Saturday, April 21 at 9:00am BST with prices starting at ?30.00. Tickets are available through the Odyssey Arena Box Office or by calling 028-9073-9074. Tickets are also available online through www.odysseyarena.com and www.ticketmaster.ie.

UFC? Fight Club? members have the opportunity now to purchase tickets to this event via the website www.ufc.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 19 at 9:00am BST. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through www.ufc.com.

UFC 72: VICTORY will be screened live on Setanta PPV1 (Sky channel 481) at 8:00pm BST on Saturday, June 16, available via remote control through Sky Box Office or by calling 08708 500 005.

This first ever UFC event in Belfast features the main event middleweight bout Franklin vs. Kampmann. Franklin, (23-2-0) fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio, is an extremely well-rounded fighter possessing great striking and submission skills. He fought most of his career as a light heavyweight before moving to the middleweight division. At UFC 53, he knocked out UFC champion Evan Tanner to capture the middleweight crown. He made his first title defense against Nate Quarry at UFC 56 winning by first round KO and his second defense against Canadian David Loiseau at UFC 58, winning by decision after dominating ?The Crow? through all five championship rounds. He faced Anderson Silva in his third UFC title defense, but was KOd by the Brazilian in the first round. At UFC 68, he returned to the Octagon?, and in front of his home state crowd, stopped Canadian Jason MacDonald at the start of the second round. At UFC 72, Franklin faces Denmark?s Martin Kampmann for the fight that could make him the number one contender for the middleweight title.

?This fight is crucial, I am sure my next fight will be a title shot if I secure a victory in Belfast,? said Franklin. ?I believe Kampmann and I will be a great match-up for the fans. We both like to stand, so this fight will not be anything less than exciting.?

Martin ?The Hitman? Kampmann (12-1-0) came to the UFC in 2006 with a reputation as a fierce standup fighter. In his first bout against kickboxer Crafton Wallace, Kampmann displayed his all-around mixed martial arts game as he quickly took Wallace down and submitted him in the first round with a rear naked choke. In his second fight, Kampmann showed what he could do while standing as he pounded out an impressive three round unanimous

decision over Thales Leites last November. The 24-year old native of Aarhus, Denmark then defeated Drew McFedries at UFC, making for three consecutive victories in the Octagon. Now, Kampmann will attempt a fourth win, this time over the former champion and mixed martial arts superstar Rich Franklin.

?I have a lot of respect for Rich Franklin, but I?m going to train hard and I?m going to finish the fight by knockout or submission,? said Kampmann. ?This going to be a good fight �" it?s going to be a war.?

Also on the card is the special features Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez. Forrest Griffin (13-4-0), fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev., is a well rounded fighter whose freestyle propelled him to become the Light Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter? Season 1. Never one to back down from a challenge, Griffin has faced serious opposition in the Octagon, taking on Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Elvis Sinosic and most recently, Keith Jardine. Originally, scheduled to fight at UFC 70, Griffin was sidelined to due illness, but is back in full form and ready to rock against Hector ?Sick Dog? Ramirez. Griffin wants to reclaim his status as a rising light heavyweight while winning over the Belfast crowd with a spectacular victory at UFC 72.

Ramirez (6-2-1), who hails from the same East Los Angeles neighborhood that produced boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya, is a well-rounded competitor who is known for his explosive right hand. Also known for his wrestling and kickboxing skills, Ramirez possesses the power to knock out his opponent with either a swing or a kick. He made his UFC debut at UFC 65 last November, and is excited to take on Griffin and prove he belongs in the high ranks of the UFC.

The remaining bouts for UFC 72: VICTORY will be announced in the near future. All bouts are subject to change.

For more information about UFC 72, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com or uk.ufc.com.

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighting Championship? brand is the world?s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the UFC? organization produces approximately twelve to fourteen live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, on MAIN EVENT in Australia, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com.

Ultimate Fighting Championship?, Ultimate Fighting?, UFC?, The Ultimate Fighter?, Submission?, As Real As It Gets?, Zuffa?, The Octagon? and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.

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It'll be interesting to see if Franklin still get's his title shot (in his home town of Cincinnati - which Dana announced after his last victory) if he loses this fight to Kampmann. Franklin is a nice guy, but he has looked like he's lacking confidence since that loss to Silva. Albeit he was relatively in control until the stoppage in his last fight, this will probably be the fight that shows he really is back and he means business. Otherwise he faces a long battle to climb back to the top.

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I would say the card for UFC 72 doesn't make me wanna go there and see it...no offense to the fighters...plus its one month after the best card in the world...Liddell vs Jackson :D

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hahaha! did u hear about the couple that got kidnapped down near Dublin and they drove them the whole way up to derry and shot the man in the ankles.....totally messed up!

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lol yea....

there are "special Facilities" up there to carry out a decent knee capping...

No cheap back yard jobs carried out up there... i think the Northern Assembley insist on a doctor or nurse being present at all times during the prodedure

Just in case of infection . . .

:laugh:

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hahaha! did u hear about the couple that got kidnapped down near Dublin and they drove them the whole way up to derry and shot the man in the ankles.....totally messed up!

wtf...thats just crazy :|

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  • 2 weeks later...

Final Card...

The full UFC 72 card now includes:

* Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami

* Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez

* Jake O?Brien vs. Tom Murphy

* Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan

* Jason MacDonald vs. Rory Singer

* Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith

* Tyson Griffin vs. Clay Guida

* Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson

* Dustin Hazelett vs. Stevie Lynch

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yes. Ireland :punk:

why pay for tickets to walk in the arena when there will be plenty of free fights in the parking lot :pinch:

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Despite reports to the contrary, Spike TV never intended to broadcast next month?s UFC 72 event and therefore never turned its backs on the UFC.

That?s the word from a Spike TV official who spoke to Steve Sievert, the Houston Chronicle?s MMA writer who pens the ?Brawl Sports? blog.

Up until last week, UFC.com had listed UFC 72 as a Spike TV event, meaning it wouldn?t come with a $39.95 pay-per-view pricetag. However, after UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) posted a report to that effect, the UFC abruptly removed the listing and stated the event would only be available via pay-per-view ? at the pay-per-view price. Considering the June 16 event lacks any title shots or even any real contender fights (aside from the main event of Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami), many fans were upset by the news.

Since then, it?s been widely accepted that the decision to put the event on pay-per-view was Spike TV?s, not the UFC?s.

That?s not the case, according to Spike.

From the Houston Chronicle:

?We were never scheduled to air that (UFC 72),? said a Spike spokesman. ?I?ve heard the rumors (that Spike backed out of televising the show due to lack of a compelling fight lineup), but we never committed to airing UFC 72. It?s not as if we turned our backs on the UFC.

?Three big fights in two weeks would have been very tough,? the Spike spokesman said, who declined to comment on whether the UFC specifically requested that the network carry the event tape delayed like it did UFC 70.

Spike is currently set to broadcast UFC Fight Night 10 on June 12 and The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23.

UFC 72 takes place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It?ll be the first UFC event ever held in Northern Ireland.

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Well, this one seems to have kinda been forgotton, I had to check threads before the last 30 days. But just to remind everyone, it's tomorrow night! For UK Viewers, it's showing on Setanta PPV.

For everyone else, see here for more information.

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It's true it always did look like a weak card. Maybe it'll be lightened up by some superb knockouts! We can all but hope...

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Id prefer to go to the One in England,

rather than risk my life travelling uo to belfast.

..wonder will they allow knee capping as a "special move"
lol yea....

there are "special Facilities" up there to carry out a decent knee capping...

No cheap back yard jobs carried out up there... i think the Northern Assembley insist on a doctor or nurse being present at all times during the prodedure

Just in case of infection . . .

:laugh:

Actually, you're significantly more likely to be involved in a violent crime in Dublin, or almost any large city in England than in Belfast....

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..that gives me little comfort driving up ther in a strange city with a southern reg car... i drove into an apprentice boys march in Derry 3 or 4 years back... the feeling i got seeing "die catholic scum" sprayed on the road infront of me didnt make me feel welcome, either did the gestures made towards me...

... so no... im going to debate whether im safe up there...

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Yeah, with the exception of the main card, I'm not too interested in this one, and Hector Ramirez is a Quinton Jackson wannabe.

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..that gives me little comfort driving up ther in a strange city with a southern reg car... i drove into an apprentice boys march in Derry 3 or 4 years back... the feeling i got seeing "die catholic scum" sprayed on the road infront of me didnt make me feel welcome, either did the gestures made towards me...

... so no... im going to debate whether im safe up there...

Well, if you are stupid enough to venture into dodgy areas, bad things may happen. And I am certain this parade was being policed which meant nothing was going to happen. As I have said, Dublin, etc is much worse

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