The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold its first-ever event, possibly dubbed UFC 87, in Minnesota at the Target Center on August 9, 2008, according to TwinCities.com.
We were of course tipped of to the possibility when former heavyweight champion, Mark Coleman, announced during the UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" pay-per-view (PPV) telecast that he would return to the Octagon to fight Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar is a former University of Minnesota NCAA Division I wrestling champion and WWE professional wrestling superstar. He currently resides with his wife, Sable, in the "North Star State."
Here's the actual snip:
"It's official: Minnesota Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission executive director Scott LeDoux on Monday was notified that Ultimate Fighting Championship plans to hold a card Aug. 9 at Target Center that could feature ex-Gopher Brock Lesnar and fellow Minnesotans Sean Sherk and Brock Larson."
The additions of Sherk and Larson at this point are unconfirmed.
Sherk has an upcoming bout with BJ Penn at UFC 84: "Ill Will" on May 24 and Larson is currently on the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) roster. Time will tell, but it's certainly normal for the UFC to stockpile local talent on each of its fight cards if possible.
Therefore, don't be surprised if UFC lightweight Roger Huerta also gets in on the action.
The Target Center -- home of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA franchise -- seats about 18,500 fans.
(Thanks to BloodyElbow.com for the assist.)