ATLANTIC CITY — Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Night will return to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall on April 21, under the terms of an agreement with IMG.
UFC is the premier sanctioning body of mixed martial arts in the world.
“The momentum of world-class activities at Boardwalk Hall and throughout Atlantic City continues along at full speed in 2018 — and this showcase UFC event is continued proof positive,” Chris Howard, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority executive director, said in a statement Thursday.
In July, the CRDA entered into a $4 million agreement with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment/IMG to bring “destination events” to Boardwalk Hall and the Convention Center. IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion.
UFC Fight Night will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1. The bouts will be announced at a later date. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2.
This marks the first UFC event at Boardwalk Hall since June of 2005 (UFC 53: Heavy Hitters) and the first in Atlantic City since July 2014 (UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller at the former Revel.)
“UFC is a global powerhouse, and we proudly welcome them to Historic Boardwalk Hall for one of their limited number of events this year worldwide,” CRDA Chairman Bob Mulcahy said in the statement. “This marks the fourth blue-chip event in our 2018 alliance with IMG, which is building steam and impact throughout Atlantic City’s tourism, event and sports sector.”
The other sports events already announced are a stop by the Professional Bull Riders on Sept. 14-16, the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge from Oct. 12-14 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Hoop-La College Basketball Quadruple-Header on Dec. 15 at Boardwalk Hall.
Also, Red Bull Global Rallycross will make its only stop in the eastern part of the country with Rounds 8 and 9 of the 12-round schedule Aug. 25 and 26 at Bader Field.