UFC Finally Kicks It's Way into Philly

Sick of paying to see your favorite mixed-martial artists on pay-per-view? While, you can now pay to see them in person -- after 100 epic fight nights the Ultimate Fighting Championship is finally coming to Philadelphia.

Fighters will take to the caged octagon as UFC 101 hits the Wachovia Center on Saturday, August 8.

The fight bill includes B.J. Penn defending his UFC lightweight title against No. 1 contender Kenny Florian and UFC middleweight boss Anderson Silva moving weight classes to take on former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.

The premiere mixed-martial arts league started small but has blown up to become a worldwide exhibition watched by thousands on pay-per-view TV.

Fans know what UFC is all about but for those who don't here is a quick breakdown. UFC bouts are one-on-one contests that combine various fighting styles. The goal is to get your opponent to tap out or quit but you can also win a few other ways including judges' decision.

Getting the UFC to Pennsylvania for the first time is a big deal for the people at Comcast-Spectacor.

“We are excited to finally be able to host a UFC event in Philadelphia,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “With a world-wide audience watching on pay-per-view, the Wachovia Center will once again be in the national spotlight. This is a terrific opportunity for the facility, our company and most importantly UFC fans in the Greater Philadelphia Region.”

Tickets to the event should be hot commodities.

Expect tickets to sell fast. UFC 100 isn't until July but the event in Las Vegas is already sold out. Prices range from $50 for the cheap seats to $600 to be right down by the action.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale to members of the UFC Fight Club next Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m. on the UFC's Web site.

There will also be an exclusive pre-sale available to members of the Wachovia Center Cyber Club and UFC newsletter. The pre-sale begins Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m.

Sign up now if you want in on the pre-sale action. To grab tickets you must sign up 24-hours before the pre-sale at the Wachovia Center and/or UFC sites.
The remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public the usual way (by phone, online or at the Wachovia Box Office) on Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m.

Follow more details as UFC 101 nears on NBC Philadelphia's Twitter feed.

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