Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a little something extra to the UFC 129: "St. Pierre vs. Shields" event when it travels across the border for the promotion's debut in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which is scheduled for the Rogers Centre on April 30, 2011.
The promotion recently announced a two-day "Fan Expo" at the nearby Direct Energy Centre from April 29 right up until fight time on April 30 to coincide with the UFC 129 pay-per-view.
Standard expo activities include meet and greets with legendary UFC, Pride FC and WEC fighters, mixed martial arts (MMA) demonstrations, grappling "Super Fights," fan-inspired special events as well as other combat related opportunities and entertainment.
And now the UFC has confirmed that former champions Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn and Anthony Pettis have all signed on to lead training and development sessions for the first 100 registrants at a cost of $150.00 per session.
From UFC President Dana White:
"This is the ultimate opportunity for fans to train alongside three of the UFC's biggest stars. Liddell, Penn and Pettis are some of the most gifted athletes we've ever seen in the Octagon and we're really excited to give fans the chance to learn from them at the UFC Fan Expo."
Liddell's session will be held on Friday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET and focus on takedown defense and striking techniques. BJ Penn will teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the following day (Saturday, April 30) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.
Last but not least, Anthony Pettis will drop some kickboxing knowledge along with coach Duke Roufus on Saturday, April 30 from 2 p.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET.
Who knows, maybe he'll even teach fans the "Showtime" kick.
The 2011 UFC Fan Expo will also feature apparel, electronic gaming, food & beverages, fight gear, fitness equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, lifestyle products and much more.
Oh, and by the way, there are also some huge fights taking place that weekend.
UFC 129 is set to feature a main event between Canada's own Georges St. Pierre, defending his welterweight title against fresh challenger -- and former Elite XC and Strikeforce champion -- Jake Shields.
Sounds like a blast.