The UFC and NCM Fathom are uniting again to bring the action of the Octagon into local movie theaters. "UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin" will be shown live in HD at more than 300 movie theaters across the country on Saturday, June 12 at 10 p.m. EST. Charlotte MMA fans can watch the fight card at Stonecrest 22 at Piper Glen or AMC Concord Mills 24 in Concord, NC. Tickets are priced at $20 and are available at www.FathomEvents.com and at the theater box office.
At UFC 115 two UFC legends, Chuck Liddell (21-7-0) and Rich Franklin (27-5-0, 1 NC), will square off in Vancouver, B.C., Canada at General Motors Place. The event represents the fastest sell-out in the promotion's history; the tickets evaporated in less than thirty minutes.
Liddell has lost four of his last five fights, the most recent loss a TKO at the hands of current UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua. Liddell was encouraged by UFC President Dana White to retire after that bout, but now, after a coaching stint on "The Ultimate Fighter: Season 11," he makes his return. The last time his hand was raised in the Octagon was in 2007 when he defeated Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision.
Franklin has dropped two of his last three fights. At UFC 103 last September he lost via TKO to Vitor Belfort. His last triumph was a unanimous decision, also over Silva, at UFC 99.
The UFC, partnering with NCM Fathom, has arranged to bring a series of live UFC cards to movie theaters. Plans are also in the works in the future for UFC fighters to host screenings in chosen markets.
“Our fans have told us they were thrilled to have UFC 111 in movie theatres,” said White through a press release. “They loved watching it with other fans and the whole experience of seeing UFC in hi-def on the big screen. Now fans can see UFC 115 with Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin, plus Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry and Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann in theatres on Saturday, June 12th live from the sold-out GM Place in Vancouver."
This will be first time the UFC has visited British Columbia. At the end of 2009 the Vancouver City Council passed a bill to sanction mixed martial arts events.