It's not Louisiana, but it's about as close as it gets. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will feature UFC 69 at Toyota Center on April 7.
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre defends his crown for the first time against TUF4 winner Matt Serra in the main event of UFC 69. The fight was originally supposed to take place the night before the Super Bowl, but an injury to St. Pierre caused it to be postponed.
Want tickets? Better hurry to ticketmaster.com ... tickets flew out the door for UFC 68, to be held in Columbus, Ohio, next month.
The UFC 69 card will also feature a welterweight showdown between two of the division’s brightest young stars, Diego Sanchez and Josh Koscheck.
Two bouts have been added:
In a middleweight matchup between two up and coming 185-pound prospects, ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season three winner Kendall Grove looks to improve on his spotless UFC record when he takes on always-entertaining Alan ‘The Talent’ Belcher.Veteran welterweights will also trade blows when Marcus Davis - fresh off back-to-back wins over Shonie Carter and Forrest Petz – squares off against TUF4’s Pete Spratt.
After attending the EliteXC event near Memphis on Saturday, it is clear the UFC will have to begin to showcase women. The fight between Gina Carano and Julie Kedzie was the best of a 10-bout card.
Fearless prediction: UFC 70 or 71 will have a women's bout.
Before the trip to Houston ... the UFC will feature a stacked lineup in Ohio.
In the main event, Tim Sylvia defends his UFC Heavyweight title against former two-time champion Randy Couture. Also featured will be the returns of former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (who takes on Jason MacDonald) and former UFC Welterweight king Matt Hughes (who will battle Chris Lytle). Rounding out the pay-per-view portion of the card will be an intriguing light heavyweight matchup between Jason Lambert and former world title challenger Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral and a middleweight clash between 185-pound bangers Martin Kampmann and Drew McFedries. In preliminary contests, welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Luigi Fioravanti square off, TUF3 light heavyweight Matt Hamill takes on former national wrestling champion and UFC debutant Rex Holman, and lightweights Jason Dent and Jamie Varner look to move up the 155-pound ladder when they face off in bouts against Gleison Tibau and Jason Gilliam, respectively.