UFC 88 will likely take place in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, September 6, setting up the first show for the promotion inside the "Peach State" in more than a decade.
In fact, UFC 11: "The Proving Ground" (September 1996) and UFC 13: "The Ultimate Force" (May 1997) were the only two shows ever held in Georgia, which took place at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.
No specific venue was identified; however it's speculated that the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be held at the Philips Arena -- home of the NBAs Atlanta Hawks and NHLs Atlanta Thrashers. The $213.5 million facility can hold approximately 18,500 screaming mixed martial arts maniacs.
The UFC has made a big push in recent years to explore new areas and revisit others. For example, UFC Fight Night 13 earlier this year was held in Colorado -- the first time since the early days back from 1993 to 1995.
On the international stage, the UFC has held recent events in England, Ireland and Canada, and will look to target Germany, the Philippines and Australia, specifically, in the months ahead.
Stay tuned for more details.