UFC has today announced that the world famous Octagon® will travel to Liverpool, England for the first time.
The event will take place on Sunday, May 27 at Echo Arena. Tickets to the event, which are expected to sell-out rapidly, will go on sale on Friday, April 13 via The Echo Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster.
The news was announced this afternoon by No. 7 ranked UFC welterweight Darren Till, one of the sport’s brightest young stars who was born and raised in Liverpool. Till is set to headline this historic card in his hometown, although his opponent is yet to be announced.
Following Till’s 2017 victory over UFC veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone – which catapulted him into the top of the UFC’s 170lbs division – fans from across Liverpool have been calling for an event in their home city.
After months of speculation, Till was today delighted to share the news: “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years’ time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me.”
David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice President International and Content said: “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018.”
UFC has also confirmed two middleweight bouts set to feature on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT LIVERPOOL card. England’s Tom Breese makes his highly anticipated return to action, stepping up to 185lbs to meet Australia’s Daniel Kelly, while Canadian fan-favourite Elias “The Spartan” Theodorou faces Trevor “Hot Sauce” Smith.
Tickets to UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LIVERPOOL go on general sale on Friday, April 13 at 10.00 a.m. BST via The Echo Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster. UFC Newsletter subscribers can access tickets from Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. BST while UFC Fight Club® members can secure theirs from 10:00 a.m. BST on Wednesday, April 11.