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UFC 70 in England confirmed, tickets on sale Monday

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The UFC finally made its plans to return to England on April 21 for UFC 70 official, according to

It will be the first show in Great Britain since UFC 38: "Brawl at the Hall" in 2002.

Here's a snip from UFC Pres Dana White:

"We are very excited to be back in the UK," said UFC President Dana White. We had a lot of obstacles over the last six years, but I never gave up on bringing the UFC back to the UK. Now we have our UK office up and running, we're going to have fights in the UK and throughout Europe, so the UFC is here to stay."

The event, which will held at the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N.) arena, features a bevvy of international mixed martial artists.

With the help of, we have a good idea of who to expect:

Hvywt. : Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (22-4-2) vs. TBA
205 lb.: Michael Bisping (12-0) vs. Elvis Sinosic (8-9-2)
205 lb.: Tito Ortiz (15-5) vs. Forrest Griffin (13-4)
205 lb.: Alessio Sakara (10-5) vs. Victor Valimaki (9-3)
185 lb.: Dennis Siver (10-3) vs. TBA
155 lb.: David Lee (5-2) vs. TBA
Hvywt.: Cheick Kongo (9-3-1) vs. TBA
170 lb.: Abdul Mohamed (12-4-2) vs. TBA
170 lb.: Jess Liaudin (10-8) vs. TBA

Note: None of these bouts are confirmed by

As usual, UFC Fight Club members will have the first crack at purchasing tickets on Monday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. via the new UFC UK Web site.

For more info on this event -- such as its potential broadcast on HBO and wild rumors that new additions to the production team include names such as Lennox Lewis -- check out our UFC 70 archives.