Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar to Team Up Once Again to be Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame at UFC Fan Expo
Las Vegas – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced more than 50 UFC® stars scheduled to appear at the UFC Fan Expo®, presented by FOX Sports 1, on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The largest collection of the sport’s biggest names ever assembled will be featured under one roof in July at the can’t-miss fan event of the year.
Fans will have the chance to meet their favorite stars during meet and greets and autograph sessions, grappling tournaments, Q&A presentations, training and development seminars, and much more. The UFC Fan Expo will feature over 300,000 square feet of activities for UFC fans. More than 150 exhibitors will also be on hand, giving fans the opportunity to purchase and experience some of the best sports and lifestyle products on the market today. This marks the fourth UFC Fan Expo held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2009, with additional UFC Fan Expos being held in Boston, London, Toronto and Houston.
Also during the UFC Fan Expo, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will team up once again for another moment in UFC history. The duo will be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame. Griffin (19-7), who announced his retirement following UFC® 160, captured the UFC light heavyweight championship and won Fight of the Night honors on five occasions. Bonnar (17-8) met Griffin in an epic clash as finalists of The Ultimate Fighter® (TUF™) Season 1. Griffin and Bonnar will be the tenth and eleventh individuals to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. They will join current honorees Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Charles “Mask” Lewis, Matt Hughes, and Tito Ortiz.
UFC fighters scheduled to appear at the UFC Fan Expo include*:
- Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion
- Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion
- Ronda Rousey, UFC women’s bantamweight champion
- Cain Velasquez, UFC heavyweight champion
- Dominick Cruz, UFC bantamweight champion
- Benson Henderson, UFC lightweight champion
- Demetrious Johnson, UFC flyweight champion
- Chuck Liddell, former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
- Matt Hughes, former UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
- Forrest Griffin, former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer
- Stephan Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famer
- Carlos Condit, UFC welterweight
- Daniel Cormier, UFC heavyweight
- Urijah Faber, UFC bantamweight
- Rich Franklin, UFC middleweight
- Cung Le, UFC middleweight
- Gilbert Melendez, UFC lightweight
- BJ Penn, UFC welterweight
- Luke Rockhold, UFC middleweight
- Ryan Bader, UFC light heavyweight
- Pat Barry, UFC heavyweight
- Joseph Benavidez, UFC flyweight
- Michael Bisping, UFC middleweight
- Travis Browne, UFC heavyweight
- Donald Cerrone, UFC lightweight
- Phil Davis, UFC light heavyweight
- TJ Dillashaw, UFC bantamweight
- Kelvin Gastelum, UFC middleweight
- Clay Guida, UFC featherweight
- Martin Kampmann, UFC welterweight
- Gray Maynard, UFC lightweight
- Michael McDonald, UFC bantamweight
- Chad Mendes, UFC featherweight
- Erik Perez, UFC bantamweight
- Anthony Pettis, UFC featherweight
- Mike Pyle, UFC welterweight
- Sean Sherk, UFC lightweight
- Chael Sonnen, UFC light heavyweight
- Miesha Tate, UFC women’s bantamweight
- Josh Thomson, UFC lightweight
- Eddie Wineland, UFC bantamweight
- Tyron Woodley, UFC welterweight
*Fighters and personalities subject to change. Additional fighters may be added in the coming weeks.
In addition, UFC Octagon Girls®ARIANNY CELESTE, BRITTNEY PALMER, CHRISSY BLAIR and VANESSA HANSON will appear, as well as Best of PRIDE® host KENDA PEREZ. UFC commentators MIKE GOLDBERG, JOE ROGAN and JON ANIK will also make appearances, along with RACHELLE LEAH and Octagon® announcer BRUCE BUFFER.
Tickets for the UFC Fan Expo® are on sale NOW at www.ufcfanexpo.com. Tickets for Friday, July 5 are priced at $40, while tickets for Saturday, July 6 are priced at $45. A two-day pass is also available and is priced at $60. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now and save because ticket prices are higher at the door.
Tickets for UFC®162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN, presented by BUD LIGHT®,are on sale now and are priced at $1,200, $850, $600, $400, $250 and $125. Tickets are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.
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