The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to United Center in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with a battle of former champions looking to get back into the title hunt. Former UFC lightweight champion and No. 1 ranked contender Benson Henderson (19-3, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) takes on the former STRIKEFORCE® lightweight king and No. 4 Josh Thomson (20-5, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) with the winner moving closer to a date with reigning champion Anthony Pettis.
Donald Cerrone is staying busy following an up and down 2013. The lightweight had four fights this year starting with a January loss to Anthony Pettis. He would rebound to win against KJ Noons and then fall to Rafael dos Anjos in Indianapolis. He came back strong with a submission of the night at UFC 167 over Evan Dunham. His first task has been penciled in for 2014 as he heads to Chicago to meet Adriano Martins.
For the third straight year Chicago’s United Center will host a January UFC event at Dana White announced the promotion’s return on January 25th. White took to FOX Sports Live last night to break the news. UFC 170 was also announced for February 22nd and will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. No fights were announced for either event.