The UFC has officially announced UFC 87: SEEK AND DESTROY featuring a heavyweight main event bout between former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar and UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman. Lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta will also face off in a featured top contender bout at the event.
The pay-per-view event takes place on August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the first UFC event ever held in the state.
“I am excited to be heading to Minnesota and Target Center with the first ever UFC in the state,” said Dana White, UFC President, in the official announcement. “UFC fans there are going to be blown away by this event – this fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Coleman is going to be explosive, a battle between the original monster wrestler and the new breed of monster wrestler. Kenny Florian versus Roger Huerta has the potential to be one of the most action packed fights of the year, both have won Fight of the Night awards and they are known for delivering nonstop action. UFC 87 is going to be stacked with incredible matchups and all the fights fans want to see, from the first bout to the last.”
Tickets for the event go on sale Sunday, May 25, at noon CT. Ticket prices are set at $600, $400, $250, $125, $75 and $50. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, at the Target Center’s Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 651-0989-5151. UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets for the event beginning Thursday, May 22, at 10am CT while UFC newsletter subscribers can purchase tickets through a special internet presale beginning Saturday, May 24, at 10am CT.
“This fight can’t come soon enough; I’m ready to go and I’m excited! I’m still looking to make a name in the UFC and I get a chance to do that in my hometown, which is great for the fans. It’s an honor to get a chance to fight Coleman, he’s a legend and he’s made history fighting all over the world. I know he is going to come into this fight in great condition, looking to re-establish himself as a top contender in the UFC. It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m looking forward to it.”
“My goal since I left the UFC was to eventually get back into the cage; I’m much more comfortable in the cage, and when I finally got the offer from Dana it didn’t take any time to give him my answer – especially when he told me who my opponent would be. A lot of people are interested in this matchup, I’ll be up against a bigger, stronger wrestler for the first time, and they know this fight will be extremely intense from the start. But I didn’t take this fight to lose, I expect to win and win by knockout.”
“I’m really excited to be fighting Roger Huerta; this is the fight I wanted because he’s the other big lightweight in the UFC, and he is definitely at the top of the division. I’ve never fought a guy in his hometown, so this is going to be different for me, but no matter where we fight it’s going to be a back and forth non-stop war. We are both aggressive and Huerta is always in great shape; he’s one of those guys who just hangs in there, so when you have the chance, you have to finish him, and that’s what I’m gonna do.”
“This is going to be a really great fight, it will distinguish who will be the number one contender. I’m looking forward to fighting Florian, he is a technical fighter and comes in with a great game plan, but I have a game plan too, so I think this is going to be a chess match, one where we both use all our MMA skills to stay in there. I’m really excited to fight in Minneapolis, the support I get here is amazing, this city has adopted me, this is where I train for all of my fights, and I can’t wait to bring it a win in August.”
The main card of the event will air on pay-per-view beginning at 10pm ET. As always, MMAFrenzy.com will have live coverage of the entire event on August 9th beginning at 7pm ET.
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