Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just added a huge incentive to go check out the UFC Fan Expo this year, which is taking place in Las Vegas from July 5 to July 6. The yearly expo will go down before the UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) featuring a middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman.
Over 50 current or former UFC fighters will be in attendance. Here's the list provided by UFC (subject to change) of every fighter who's expected to participate in the festivities:
Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion
Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion
Ronda Rousey, UFC women's bantamweight champion
Cain Velasquez, UFC heavyweight champion
Dominick Cruz, UFC bantamweight champion
Benson Henderson, UFC lightweight champion
Demetrious Johnson, UFC flyweight champion
Chuck Liddell, former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
Matt Hughes, former UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
Forrest Griffin, former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
Stephan Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famer
Carlos Condit, UFC welterweight
Daniel Cormier, UFC heavyweight
Urijah Faber, UFC bantamweight
Rich Franklin, UFC middleweight
Cung Le, UFC middleweight
Gilbert Melendez, UFC lightweight
BJ Penn, UFC welterweight
Luke Rockhold, UFC middleweight
Ryan Bader, UFC light heavyweight
Pat Barry, UFC heavyweight
Joseph Benavidez, UFC flyweight
Michael Bisping, UFC middleweight
Travis Browne, UFC heavyweight
Donald Cerrone, UFC lightweight
Phil Davis, UFC light heavyweight
TJ Dillashaw, UFC bantamweight
Kelvin Gastelum, UFC middleweight
Clay Guida, UFC featherweight
Martin Kampmann, UFC welterweight
Gray Maynard, UFC lightweight
Michael McDonald, UFC bantamweight
Chad Mendes, UFC featherweight
Erik Perez, UFC bantamweight
Anthony Pettis, UFC featherweight
Mike Pyle, UFC welterweight
Sean Sherk, UFC lightweight
Chael Sonnen, UFC light heavyweight
Miesha Tate, UFC women's bantamweight
Josh Thomson, UFC lightweight
Eddie Wineland, UFC bantamweight
Tyron Woodley, UFC welterweight
The fighters won't just be sitting behind a table signing autographs either. According to the press release, there's a wide variety of activities for all attendees:
Fans will have the chance to meet their favorite stars during meet and greets and autograph sessions, grappling tournaments, Q&A presentations, training and development seminars, and much more.
In addition, the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony where both recently retired fighters Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will be inducted, is also expected to take place at the Expo. Don't forget the first ever MMA Scouting Combine either.
But wait, there's more! It won't just be UFC fighters stopping by, everyone's favorite ring girls Brittney Palmer and Arianny Celeste will make appearances as well as newly signed Octagon girls Chrissy Blair and Vanessa Hanson. You can also expect to see commentators Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg and John Anik to stop by alongside the voice of the Octagon, Bruce Buffer.
The UFC Fan Expo originated in 2009, holding a yearly event prior to the big Las Vegas fight card on Fourth of July weekend. The promotion has also held special Fan Expos in Boston, London, Toronto and Houston.
Here's the ticket information, in case you were wondering:
Tickets for the UFC Fan Expo® are on sale NOW at www.ufcfanexpo.com. Tickets for Friday, July 5 are priced at $40, while tickets for Saturday, July 6 are priced at $45. A two-day pass is also available and is priced at $60. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now and save because ticket prices are higher at the door.
Will any of you be checking out the Expo this year?