SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Demetrious Johnson of the USA and Ian McCall of the USA fight during the UFC On FX flyweight bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
As the UFC has been rapidly filling the cards for its summer events in recent weeks, many fans were quick to note that the promotion had still not announced a location for their June 8th UFC on FX 3 event. Well it turns out that it was the MMA fan community that actually helped determine the location of the event through the UFC's "Hometown Throwdown" promotion with Harley Davidson, and it was announced via press release today that the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida will host the FX-televised event:
Las Vegas, Nevada – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Harley-Davidson® ride in to the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday, June 8 with an outstanding UFC® event headlined by flyweight rivals Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and Ian McCall. The winner of the fight will go on to fight Joseph Benavidez for the first-ever UFC 125-pound title later in the year.
UFC’s Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown event will air live on FX at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Southern Florida was selected for this event as a part of the UFC, Harley-Davidson "Hometown Throwdown" program. The program allowed fans to visit the UFC, Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown website and submit a city for consideration for a future event.
This will mark the UFC's sixth trip to Florida, with the most recent event being UFC Fight Night 17, which took place in Tampa back in February of 2009. Another unique feature of this upcoming card is that fans will get a chance to pick one of three fights to appear on the televised main card and kick off the show:
In addition to helping choose the city, fans will also play a key role in determining a main card bout on the card. UFC fans can go to ufc.com/hometownthrowdown to vote for which bout will make it onto the main card and be the first fight shown on the FX telecast. Fans can choose between the following three bouts: Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland in bantamweight action; Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. Mike Pierce in a welterweight bout; Lance Benoist vs. Seth Baczynski at 170-pounds.
The current card for UFC on FX 3 includes:
-Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall - (UFC flyweight tournament semifinal)
-Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer
-Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman
-Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
-Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland
-Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist
-Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian
-Henry Martinez vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
-Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes
-Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice