UFC president Dana White announced Friday during a question-and-answer session with fans at the Toronto UFC Fan Expo that Houston will host one on Oct. 7-8. The promotion had not previously made any announcement for its next fan event.
The UFC has not yet made official a fight card for that weekend in Houston. Sources with the promotion could not yet confirm on Friday to MMA Fighting that the weekend will also play host to a pay-per-view. But all the other UFC Fan Expos have been lead-ins for pay-per-views, and the belief is that the Houston Fan Expo will be no different – possibly UFC 136.
The last UFC event in Houston was the historic UFC 69 card, which saw Matt Serra upset Georges St-Pierre to win the welterweight title. That fight is considered the biggest upset in MMA history. Since then, the UFC has been to Texas for UFC 103 in Dallas, Fight Night 22 in Austin and the Fight for the Troops 2 card at Fort Hood.
The Houston UFC Fan Expo will be the fourth by the promotion in the United States. The first took place leading up to UFC 100 in July 2009. That was followed less than a year later by one at UFC 114. Both of those events were in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. The UFC then hosted is first East Coast expo around UFC 118, its Boston debut. Expos for UFC 120 in London and this weekend's UFC 129 in Toronto are the first two outside the United States.
Though there have been reports that the UFC would do an expo for UFC 132 in Las Vegas in July, that will apparently not be the case.