With UFC 166 being put to bed, fans will now be turning their gaze forward to November 16th and UFC 167 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As last night’s event proved to be one of the greatest cards in UFC history, the promotion looks to follow it up in (roughly) three weeks’ time, with another stellar night of bouts and all in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary; 1993 – 2013.
Heading up the card will be a match that many fans have been waiting on for the better part of a year; Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks. The pair will duke it out in a welterweight championship bout that will prove who’s the best 170 pounder in the UFC.
In advance of the historic night, the UFC has announced that beginning Monday October 28th, that many of the promotion’s top fighters will be dispersed to various media events across North America and in an effort to promote the event.
The media blitz will last 20 days, visit a dozen or more cities and kicks off in Denver. The tour will be a mix of press, fan and sponsor events. Also, the UFC will be conducting a fan scavenger hunt on social media; details to follow.
As UFC President Dana White stated:
"We built an incredible card for our 20th anniversary, and now we're hitting the road to celebrate with our fans and the media all across North America. We're going to cities that held historic UFC events and to locations we hope to bring the octagon too soon."
Some of the fighters that will be participating in the press tour are Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Matt Brown, Donald Cerrone, Josh Koscheck and Daniel Cormier, as well as UFC Hall-of-Famers Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin.
If you happen to be lucky enough to live in a city that will be hosting one of the pressers, then you’ll probably want to head on down to one of them and meet, in person, some of the talented fighters that will be available for fan Q & A.
The full list of cities, dates and times are as follows:
Monday, Oct. 28 – Denver, Colo. – UFC 167 lightweight star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and rising women’s star Cat Zingano conduct a media tour in Denver, the site of UFC 1. They’ll also visit DISH Network headquarters for a meet-and-greet with staff, as well as pose for photos at the site of UFC 1, formerly McNichols Sports Arena. Later in the day, Cerrone will host a live social media chat from the MusclePharm facilities.
Monday, Oct. 28 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion and UFC 167 main event star, will participate in a media day at Tristar Gym. Press only.
Monday, Oct. 28 – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – UFC welterweight contender and UFC 167 main event star Johny Hendricks will participate in a media day at his gym in Pantego. Press only.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Philadelphia, Pa. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will conduct a press tour in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as visit the Comcast Headquarters for a meet-and-greet with employees.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Chicago, Ill. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will conduct a press tour across Chicago. Hughes will also meet with members of the Chicago Bears.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Washington, D.C. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in the nation’s capital.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Atlanta, Ga. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will conduct a press tour in Atlanta and visit the COX Communications corporate offices for a social media promotion. He’ll also visit the Hooters corporate headquarters.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Cleveland, Ohio – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will conduct a press tour across Cleveland, alongside UFC heavyweight star and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic. The fighters will also meet with members of the Cleveland Browns.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Baltimore, Md. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in Baltimore and visit his brother, Baltimore Ravens’ star Arthur Jones, and the rest of the city’s Super Bowl champion team.
Thursday, Oct. 31 – Detroit, Mich. – Red-hot UFC welterweight star Matt “The Immortal” Brown will conduct a press tour in Detroit.
Friday, Nov. 1 – Raleigh, N.C. – UFC heavyweight star Brendan Schaub, a former professional football player, will speak to the N.C. State football team prior to the team’s game against rival UNC. He’ll also sound the Carolina Hurricanes’ Warning Siren before the team’s game against Tampa Bay at PNC Arena.
Saturday, Nov. 2 – Concord, Calif. – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormier and middleweight star Luke Rockhold will sign autographs from 1-3 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Concord.
Sunday, Nov. 3 – Rosemead, Calif. – UFC middleweight star Michael Bisping will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Rosemead.
Monday, Nov. 4 – San Francisco, Calif. – UFC 167 welterweight star Josh Koscheck will conduct a press tour in San Francisco.
Monday, Nov. 4 – Bay Area, Calif. – UFC lightweight star Gilbert Melendez will visit the campuses of YouTube and Twitter and meet with staff.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC 167 welterweight star Tyron Woodley, a St. Louis native, will conduct a press tour in his hometown. He’ll also meet with members of his hometown St. Louis Rams.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will visit the headquarters of long-time UFC partner Anheuser-Busch. While at Anheuser-Busch Headquarters, Matt will be guided through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Brew House and Packaging Line, sampling from the fermentation and finishing tanks.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – FOX Sports 1 – 9 p.m. ET - FIGHTING FOR A GENERATION: 20 YEARS OF THE UFC premieres
Wednesday, Nov. 6 – New Orleans, La. – UFC heavyweight star and Louisiana native Daniel Cormier will conduct a press tour in New Orleans. He’ll also meet with members of the New Orleans Saints.
Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Fort Campbell, Ky. – UFC Fight for the Troops event on FOX Sports 1
Thursday, Nov. 7 – San Antonio, Texas – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormier and Mexican bantamweight star Erik Perez will be in town for a variety of events.
Thursday, Nov. 7 – State College, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star and 2008 National Champion from Penn State Phil Davis visits State College for a press tour.
Friday, Nov. 8 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star Phil Davis will conduct a press tour in Pittsburgh, Pa. and meet with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Saturday, Nov. 9 – Torrance, Calif. – UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Torrance.
Saturday, Nov. 9 – Goiania, Brazil – UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT vs. HENDERSON on FOX Sports 1
Sunday, Nov. 10 – The UFC will release its 20 greatest knockouts of all time at UFC.com. Visit the official website of the UFC to watch them all for free!
Monday, Nov. 11 – Los Angeles, Calif. – UFC 167 star Chael Sonnen will conduct a press tour in Los Angeles.
Monday, Nov. 11 – New York, N.Y. – UFC 167 star Rashad Evans will conduct a press tour in New York.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Phoenix, Ariz. – UFC will conduct a press tour in Phoenix. Talent to be named shortly.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC stars past and present will participate in a community event at Three Square.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Open Workouts. Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, Nov. 14 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC Press Conference. Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
Friday, Nov. 15 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Weigh-ins at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, live on Pay-Per-View