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Milwaukee's Bradley Center Likely Host for UFC on Versus 5

LAS VEGAS -- One year after officially sanctioning mixed martial arts, Wisconsin looks poised to host its first major event.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Bradley Center in Milwaukee will be the host venue for a UFC on Versus event to be held on Sunday, August 14.

UFC president Dana White did not confirm the booking but told MMA Fighting the promotion was "looking at" Milwaukee. According to a source, the deal is not yet final but very likely to happen.

If booked, it would make for quite a busy month for the UFC, which will host pay-per-view events in Philadelphia on the 6th and Rio de Janeiro on the 27th.

Wisconsin has suddenly become a hotbed for MMA. Fighters and notables with links to the state include WEC lightweight champ and current UFC top contender Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, UFC heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry, and trainer Duke Roufus.

After MMA sanctioning was passed in February 2010, many local cards have been held, as well as a Bellator show last September, but the UFC's visit will be to Milwaukee's largest arena, the Bradley Center, which is the home to the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and can hold nearly 20,000 fans.

The August event would likely be UFC on Versus 5. A prior Versus event is expected for June, though it has not yet been officially announced.

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