Just over a month after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) opened the doors to its brand new, state-of-the-art fitness gym in Concord, Calif., the world's largest fight promotion already set its sights set on a second facility in Rosemead.
Now the wait is over.
The UFC Gym enterprise, a concept that was formally introduced in early 2009, is expected to grow to as many as 400 gyms across the United States within five years. While members won't necessarily learn how to fight, they will endure similar training opportunities and have access to fighters who drop in for meet and greets, as well as enjoy extended benefits such as priority access to tickets and first-look privileges to news and events.
It's a great way for UFC and MMA fans to get in shape without having to get their butts kicked in the process.
If you're in the Rosemead area and want to be a part of this weekend's festivities, or perhaps just rub elbows with your favorite fighters, UFC president Dana White, Chuck Liddell, Bruce Buffer, B.J. Penn, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Jon Fitch, Jon Jones, Gray Maynard, Dominick Cruz, Arianny Celeste and Kenda Perez are all expected to be in attendance.
The complete grand opening schedule, courtesy of OrangeCounty.com, after the jump.
10:00 a.m. GRAND OPENING EXPO Officially Begins
10:15-10:30 a.m. OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING featuring Dana White, Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, Mark Mastrov, Jim Rowley and Rosemead City Officials
11:30 a.m. White Address from Inside the UFC Gym Octagon
12:00 p.m. Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard and Arianny Autograph Session
12:30 p.m. White and Liddell Kick Off Question and Answer Session Hosted by Bruce Buffer
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Chael Sonnen and Gray Maynard Q&A
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Vitor Belfort and Kenda Perez Autograph Session
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Jon Jones & Jon Fitch Q&A
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jon Jones & Jon Fitch Autograph Session
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Vitor Belfort & Kenda Perez Q&A
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. BJ Penn & Dominick Cruz Q&A
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Prize Giveaways with Arianny and Bruce Buffer
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. BJ Penn & Dominick Cruz Autograph Session
5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Music – Food & Fun!
The UFC Gym is located at 3672 Rosemead Blvd. in Rosemead, California.