Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC Likely Venue For UFC Fight Night 21

UFC Fight Night 21 will take place on March 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina, MMAFrenzy.com has confirmed with the North Carolina Boxing Authority. With the city’s premiere venue, Time Warner Cable Arena, occupied by a home game for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats that night, the Bojangles Coliseum is the likely venue for the event.

The UFC has twice traveled to the Queen City in the past, with North Carolina’s largest city playing host to UFC 3 and UFC 5. This will be the second trip to North Carolina for the UFC since the state lifted it’s ban on mixed martial arts. The first was UFN 16: Fight for the Troops, which was held at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

The Bojangles Coliseum was built in 1955, closed in 1988 for renovations, and reopened as an 11,000 seat venue in 1993. It has previously been known as Charlotte Coliseum, Independence Arena, and Cricket Arena, with the popular, Charlotte-based fast food chain Bojangles purchasing the naming rights in 2008.

UFC Fight Night 21, which airs live on Spike as the lead-in for the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 11, is expected to be headlined by Kenny Florian vs. Takanoro Gomi.

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