(And there was much celebrating.)
The UFC has announced an official date for its long-awaited return to Boston. Earlier today, UFC president Dana White took to his Twitter account to release the following statement:
For those uninitiated, Speed TV is set to be relaunched as Fox Sports 1 on August 17. Fox Sports 1 will be available in 90 million homes, and will not only feature its own daily news programs, but also live college football and basketball, soccer, NASCAR and UFC events, with plans of hosting Major League Baseball games starting in 2014. The network also plans to relaunch Fuel TV as Fox Sports 2 on the same day.
The UFC has only been to Boston one other time: UFC 118 on August 28, 2010. Headlined by a rematch between then-lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, the main card also featured the American freakshow classic Randy Couture vs. James Toney, as well as Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis. Also noteworthy, the last time that the UFC was in Boston, the city hosted the only fan expo that matters.
Currently, there haven’t been any bouts announced for the debut of Fox Sports 1. We’ll keep you up-to-date as the card begins to fill out.