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UFC returns to Columbus for first time in 10 years with March 28 card

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UFC Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

The UFC returns to Ohio’s capital city of Columbus for the first time in 10 years with a Fight Night card scheduled for March 28.

The event takes place at Nationwide Arena, which also serves as the home to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. The UFC announced the event Thursday morning.

Ohio has been a staple for producing a number of top fighters competing inside the Octagon, but the UFC has not made the Buckeye State a priority for several years. The promotion did go to Cleveland for UFC 203, which featured local favorite Stipe Miocic in his first heavyweight title defense against Alistair Overeem.

Cincinnati has also held several UFC cards over the years with the last in 2014 when Matt Brown defeated Erick Silva in the welterweight main event.

Meanwhile, Columbus has hosted several major events, including Anderson Silva’s title defense against Dan Henderson at UFC 82 in 2008 as well as Ronda Rousey winning the Strikeforce title from Miesha Tate in 2012.

As of now, no fights have been announced for the card, though several fighters from Ohio still compete in the UFC, including Brown, who owns a gym in the Columbus area, as well as former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former flyweight contender Jessica Eye.