UFC announces 20th anniversary tour
The UFC will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a 20-day journey across North America, all leading into UFC 167 on Nov. 16.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement during the UFC 166 post-fight press conference in Houston.
The “20 Days to UFC 167” tour is set to begin in Denver, the site of the inaugural UFC event, which was held on Nov. 12, 1993 and sparked immediate interest in a spectacle that was then known as “ultimate fighting” but morphed into mixed martial arts. The tour will go on to visit numerous cities that have played a role in historic events as well as others that are being targeted for future shows.
It will end in Las Vegas, where the UFC will celebrate the milestone anniversary with a card headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre facing No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks.
Among those that are scheduled to take part in the tour are UFC champions St-Pierre and Jon “Bones” Jones, legends Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes, and current stars including Michael Bisping, Johny Hendricks, Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans. Host cities will include Montreal, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, among others.
The tour dates are below.
Oct. 28 - Donald Cerrrone and Cat Zingano conduct a media tour
Oct. 28 - Georges St-Pierre holds a media day in Montreal
Oct. 28 - Johny Hendricks holds a media day in Dallas
Oct. 29 - Forrest Griffin holds a press tour in Philadelphia
Oct. 29 - Matt Hughes conducts a media tour in Chicago and meets with the Chicago Bears
Oct. 29 - Jon Jones does a press tour in Washington, D.C.
Oct. 30 - Forrest Griffin press tour in Atlanta
Oct. 30 - Matt Hughes and Stipe Miocic hold a press tour in Cleveland, then meet members of the Cleveland Browns
Oct. 31 - Matt Brown press tour in Detroit
Nov. 1 - Brendan Schabu visits the North Carolina State football team in Raleigh, N.C.
Nov. 2 - Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold sign autographs at the UFC Gym in Concord, Calif.
Nov. 3 - Michael Bisping signs autographs at the UFC Gym in Rosemead, Calif.
Nov. 4 - Gilbert Melendez visits the campuses of Youtube and Twitter in California’s Bay Area.
Nov. 4 - Josh Koscheck conducts a press tour in San Francisco.
Nov. 5 - Tyron Woodley conducts a press tour in St. Louis, then meets with members of the Rams
Nov. 5 - Matt Hughes visits the Anheuser-Busch headquarters in St. Louis.
Nov. 5 - UFC premieres “Fighting for a Generation: 20 Years of the UFC” on FOX
Nov. 6 - Daniel Cormier press tour in New Orleans, followed by meeting with New Orleans Saints
Nov. 6 - UFC Fight for the Troops from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Nov. 7 - Daniel Cormier and Erik Perez visit San Antonio, Texas.
Nov. 7 - Phil Davis visits the campus of Penn State at State College, Penn.
Nov. 8 - Phil Davis press tour in Pittsburgh, followed by meeting with Pittsburgh Steelers.
Nov. 9 - Chuck Liddell autograph session at UFC Gym in Torrance, Calif.
Nov. 9 - UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson in Goiania, Brazil
Nov. 10 - UFC releases 20 greatest knockouts of all time at UFC.com
Nov. 11 - Chael Sonnen press tour in Los Angeles
Nov. 11 - Rashad Evans press tour in New York City
Nov. 12 - Press tour in Phoenix
Nov. 12 - Community event at Three Square in Las Vegas
Nov. 13 - UFC 167 open workouts in Las Vegas
Nov. 14 - UFC 167 press conference in Las Vegas
Nov. 15 - UFC 167 weigh-ins in Las Vegas
Nov. 16 - UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas