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"UFC 87: Seek and Destroy" formally announced
"UFC 87: Seek and Destroy" formally announced | MMAjunkie.com
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on May 18, 2008 at 11:12 am ET
The UFC today confirmed "UFC 87: Seek and Destroy," an event that takes place Aug. 9 at the Target Center, a 19,500-capacity arena in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The event, which will be the first UFC show to take place in the state, features a main event between UFC hall-of-famer Mark Coleman (15-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and WWE performer-turned MMA fighter Brock Lesnar (1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), as well as a pivotal lightweight bout between Kenny Florian (9-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Roger Huerta (20-1-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC).
Tickets for the pay-per-view event go on sale to the general public beginning May 25.
"I am excited to be heading to Minnesota and (the) Target Center with the first-ever UFC in the state," UFC president Dana White stated. "UFC fans there are going to be blown away by this event. This fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Coleman is going to be explosive -- a battle between the original monster wrestler and the new breed of monster wrestler. Kenny Florian versus Roger Huerta has the potential to be one of the most action packed fights of the year. Both have won Fight of the Night awards, and they are known for delivering nonstop action."
Coleman, who was the tournament winner at UFC 10 and 11 before staking claim to the first-ever heavyweight title at UFC 12, hasn't fought since an October 2006 submission loss to Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE 32. The Columbus, Ohio native hasn't fought in the octagon since UFC 18, which took place more than nine years ago.
Lesnar, a former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and World Wrestling Entertainment performer, made his much-hyped UFC debut in February at UFC 81. Although he'd batter his opponent for all but a few seconds of the fight, Lesnar ultimately suffered a first-round submission via kneebar to former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir.
The Florian vs. Huerta bout, meanwhile, could earn the winner a shot at the belt. During a UFC 84 media conference call on Thursday, White said that the winner will be in line for a shot at the lightweight title.