UFC announces August 28 return to Indianapolis for FOX Sports 1 show

Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

After three years, the Hoosier State gets its second UFC show, the debut of what the debuting Fox Sports 1 is planning as being UFC destination Wednesday nights on the station.

The UFC announced this weekend its first of regular Wednesday night specials on FOX Sports 1 would be taking place from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. on August 28.

The show will also kick off a crazy week for the company. After the Indianapolis show comes the UFC 164 pay-per-view, taking place on August 31 in Milwaukee. That's followed by another special on FOX Sports 1 taking place Sept. 4, expected to be from Brasilia, Brazil. The debut of the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show airs immediately after the conclusion of that show on FOX Sports 1, at approximately 10 p.m. ET.

No matches have been announced for any of the shows in that eight day period.

The Indianapolis show marks UFC's second visit to the city. The first was nearly three years earlier, the UFC 119 pay-per-view on September 25, 2010. That show that featured Frank Mir knocking out Mirko Cro Cop in the main event and Ryan Bader winning via decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Live fights will air from 8-11 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 for the August 28 show. It will be the company's second show on the station, after the debut as the prime-time kickoff event on August 17 from Boston.

The Indianapolis show is what is hoped for as the kickoff as Wednesday being UFC destination programming night as the FOX Network attempts to put up competition for ESPN and the country's live sports destination. The UFC will air a one-hour version of UFC Tonight, essentially the pre-show, leading up to the live matches, at 7 p.m. It has not been announced yet whether the prelim matches will air on Facebook or Fuel once FOX Sports 1 debuts.

UFC is planning live shows once or twice a month on Wednesdays once the station premiers, with occasional Saturday night shows. With the exception of the four FOX specials, all UFC televised main cards will be on FOX Sports 1, and no longer be on Fuel or FX.

Tickets for the show will go on sale on June 14.

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