UFC on Fox 8 Lands at Seattle's Key Arena on July 27

Damon MartinContributor IMarch 22, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Demetrious Johnson celebrates after defeating John Dodson (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 for the world flyweight championship at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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The UFC will be heading back to the Emerald City of Seattle for UFC on Fox 8, which lands there on July 27.

UFC officials made the announcement on Friday via the Seattle Times with the promotion returning to Seattle after a highly successful UFC on Fox 5 show there last December.

Seattle has become a hotbed for the UFC over the last few years with the gate and attendance numbers showing up in a big way every time the promotion takes a show there.

UFC Fight Night 24, which featured a main event between top ten light heavyweights Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira pulled in 13,741 fans for a $1.18 million dollar gate.

UFC on Fox 5, which featured former Washington resident and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the main event against Nate Diaz, drew 14,412 fans and an even larger gate of $1.5 million dollars.

The event will take place at Key Arena in Seattle, which was also the home to the NBA's Seattle Supersonics before they relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.

The arena has been a great home for the UFC however with each show outdoing the last in terms of attendance and revenue generated.

UFC on Fox 8 will be the promotion's summer time event landing on Fox networks similar to the schedule the MMA organization and their television partner kept in 2012 as well.

While no fights have been announced for the card yet, UFC on Fox 8 tickets will likely go on sale in the next few weeks so bouts could be scheduled at any time.

One possible fight that may headline the show could be a flyweight title fight between Seattle local Demetrious Johnson and top 125-pound challenger John Moraga.  The two fighters were scheduled to meet at the upcoming Ultimate Fighter 18 finale show, but Johnson suffered an injury that forced him to have surgery on his shoulder.

If his timeline to return works out, headlining the UFC on Fox 8 card could be just the slot Johnson is looking for with his next title fight.  Johnson headlined the last major UFC on Fox 6 card where he defended his flyweight championship against John Dodson.

More information about UFC on Fox 8 will be made available in the coming weeks.

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report