UFC Fight Week 2013 Comes to Las Vegas to Kick Off UFC 162

Duane FinleyContributor IMay 24, 2013

The UFC is known for rolling out all of the stops for their annual Fourth of July weekend card in Las Vegas. And this year is no exception.

The promotion is partnering with the city of Las Vegas to host their second annual Fight Week celebration from July 3-6. A series of scheduled events have been planned throughout the city, which will include the Fan Expo that takes place on July 5 and 6 and lead up to UFC 162 at the MGM Grand, where Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against Chris Weidman on the card's main event.

Fight Week 2013 is set to kick off on July 3 with UFC Community Day, where a collection of the promotion's fighters will be volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, Boys Town and The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. Of the scheduled events for Fight Week 2013, UFC Community Day is the only activity not open to the public.

The activities on July 4 will head to downtown Las Vegas as the Octagon girls host pool parties at El Cortez, Golden Nugget, The D and Golden Gate. Later that afternoon, Three Days Grace will take to the Fremont Street Experience for a free concert.

On Friday, July 5, the Fan Expo gets underway at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, providing fans the opportunity to interact with over 75 of the UFC's top fighters.

The schedule also includes an amateur MMA tournament hosted by Tuff-N-Nuff at South Point and the weigh-ins for UFC 162 at the MGM.

Capping off Fight Week 2013 will be one of the year's biggest cards at UFC 162. In addition to the title tilt between Silva and Weidman, the event will also feature a high-profile featherweight bout between Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung in the co-main event, with the winner potentially earning the next shot at the 145-pound title.