UFC and Fathom Announce UFC 115 To Be Shown in Theaters

Greg ParfittCorrespondent IMay 14, 2010

The UFC and NCM Fathom have announced that they will team up for a second live event broadcast. 


UFC 115 in Vancouver, British Columbia will be shown live in more than 330 movie theaters nationwide. The sold-out UFC 115 event featuring a main event of Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin will be broadcast in HD on June 12 at 10pm ET/7pm PT.


Tickets for the live event in Vancouver sold out in less than 30 minutes, setting a record for the fastest sell-out in UFC history.


Fight fans can catch all the action in their local theaters by purchasing tickets at Fathom’s website and at presenting theater box offices.


Visit the NCM Fathom website for a complete list of theater locations, prices, and to get tickets.


In a statement from the UFC and Fathom released today, UFC president Dana White said, “Our fans have told us they were thrilled to have UFC 111 in movie theatres. They loved watching it with other fans and the whole experience of seeing UFC in hi-def on the big screen."


He continued, "Now fans can see UFC 115 with Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin, plus Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry and Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann in theatres on Saturday, June 12 live from the sold-out GM Place in Vancouver."


UFC and Fathom announced an agreement in February to present live UFC events on the big screen in high-definition throughout 2010 beginning with “UFC 111: St- Pierre vs. Hardy” which took place on March 27. 


A survey of fans attending UFC 111 in theaters overwhelmingly felt seeing the event in theaters was a great experience and better than they had expected. Fans also indicated that the value was excellent compared to watching UFC 111 in other venues.


With many Vancouver fight fans left ticket-less following the fast sell-out of UFC 115, this could be a great way to catch what is shaping up to be a great card from the leading MMA promotion.


Lacking divisional importance, the main event should be a strong draw as both Rich Franklin and Chuck Liddell still draw the crowds and deliver entertaining fights.


Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry is an explosive heavyweight duel that shouldn’t last long and Paulo Thiago will be looking to cement his claim to the UFC welterweight title with a win over Martin Kampmann.


Rounding off the main card, Gilbert Yvel and Ben Rothwell will be fighting to stay in the UFC as they are both coming off losses. Whilst Carlos Condit will be looking to regain his WEC form against Rory MacDonald.


Fight fans should also set the PVR’s and recorders because Spike TV have announced that they will be broadcasting two preliminary fights from UFC 115. One of which will be a main card-worthy tilt between Tyson Griffin and Evan Dunham.


Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute UFC 115 news.