The UFC may be planning its first trip to Colorado since March 2010 with a Sept. 24 event in Denver – though official word is still mum.
The promotion on Thursday announced a fight between UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez for this fall. Later Thursday, Hughes said on his website
the fight will take place on that date in the Colorado capital city.
On Friday, Marc Ratner, the UFC's vice president of regulatory affairs, could not confirm the date – but did tell MMA Fighting a return to Denver would be for an event at the Pepsi Center and not at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., north of Denver.
"I cannot confirm that (date)," Ratner told MMA Fighting on Friday at the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto, site of Saturday's UFC 129 pay-per-view. "Those schedules are so fluid. All our fight schedules depend on what happens this Saturday night, or what happens in Vegas. So I don't know that (yet). But there's certainly talk – that fight's been signed, so we'll see where it ends up. Pepsi Center is where it would be."
The Pepsi Center is home to the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and NBA's Denver Nuggets. The UFC last hosted a card in Colorado for the first UFC on Versus show at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield. That suburb also played host to UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008, as well as WEC 51 last September.
The UFC has not hosted an event in Denver proper since the eighth UFC event, The Ultimate Ultimate, in the pre-Zuffa era. The first two events in UFC history, UFC 1 and UFC 2, took place in Denver in 1993 and 1994.
The card, likely a pay-per-view that could be UFC 135, would be part of a rapidly filling fall schedule for the UFC that includes an announced card in New Orleans
on Sept. 17, an event in Houston
with a Fan Expo on Oct. 8 and a return to England the following week for a show in Liverpool, as first reported by MMA Fighting