Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will finally make its return to Germany with a "Fight Night" event at O2 World Arena in Berlin, on May 31, 2014. Yes, that's the same date the promotion has booked its upcoming TUF Finale in Brazil, so let's hope it plans to take advantage of the difference in time zones.
The May 31 card will be the first held in Germany since UFC 122 in November of 2010, which was headlined by Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami, the latter of whom now fights on March 29 for World Series of Fighting (WSOF).
From Executive Vice President and Managing Director of UFC EMEA Garry Cook:
"We are incredibly excited to announce this event and it is fantastic news for the many UFC fans throughout Germany and the rest of Europe. We are delighted to be returning to Germany in May and visiting Berlin for the first time. Germany is one of the leading world superpowers in sport and to be able to host a UFC Fight Night to our passionate German fans will be an honor."
No bouts have yet been announced for the card, but Gareth Davies of "The Telegraph" is reporting that a "high-level featherweight contest" will headline the event.
The trend of UFC sanctioned cards being held outside of North America continues with the event in Germany. Adding itself to a list that includes Abu Dhabi, China and Singapore, just to name a few. Could two territories that UFC President Dana White has said are in the forefront of UFC's plans -- Russia and Mexico -- be far behind?
Stay tuned for MMAmania.com as more fights are announced for UFC's return to Germany in the coming weeks.