(Rodriguez/Monson 2 is slated for 5/17 in Newcastle.)
A horde of UFC vets will invade Newcastle, England, on May 17th, as the Combat Fighting Championships organization is hosting its first U.K. show at the Metro Radio Arena. The main event is a heavyweight brawl between former UFC heavyweight champ and Celebrity Rehab alum Ricco Rodriguez and Jeff “The Snowman” Monson; the two fighters previously met at UFC 35 (1/11/02), where Rodriguez scored a TKO victory in the third round. The co-headining bout will feature middleweights David “The Crow” Loiseau (who was 4-3 in the UFC) and Terry Martin, who was recently rumored to have been released from his UFC contract after his decision loss to Marvin Eastman at UFC 81 brought his Octagon record to 2-4; at the very least, this confirms that he’ll be working up his record in other clubs for a while. Featured on the rest of the impressively stacked card are Melvin Guillard (who will be facing Cage Rage featherweight Jean “White Bear” Silva), Brad Imes, Melvin Manhoef, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, and a bout between Travis Wiuff (who will be fighting in YAMMA’s heavyweight GP next month) and Cyrille Diabate.
It’s unclear how the CFC — which had previously only hosted shows in Orlando, Florida, and without any significant stars — has managed to generate enough juice to book a card in a British arena with so many recognizable MMA names, but this may be the first direct example of the UFC’s international expansion efforts leading the way for other American promotions to hold non-domestic events; the Metro Radio Arena previously hosted UFC 80. If you’ll be on the other side of the pond you can watch the action on Sky Sports or buy tickets here.