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Champ Jon Jones Collides with Bitter Rival Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 Saturday, January 3 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Plus:
DONALD CERRONE (#4) vs. MYLES JURY (#8)
HECTOR LOMBARD (#6) vs. JOSH BURKMAN
BRAD TAVARES (#15) vs. NATE MARQUARDT
RUSTAM KHABILOV (#15) vs. DANNY CASTILLO
KYOGI HORIGUCHII (#12) vs. LOUIS GAUDINOT (#14)
 
TICKETS FOR UFC® 182: JONES vs. CORMIER
AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA – LAS VEGAS
ON SALE FRIDAY, NOV. 21

LAS VEGAS – The bad blood between UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (20-1, fighting out of Endicott, N.Y.) and two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier (15-0, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) has brewed for months, with the two trading heated words through the press and social media. But all differences will be settled once and for all in a five-round main event championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 3.
 
Jones looks to extend his historic reign over the stacked 205-pound division, as he attempts a record eighth title defense when he takes on his bitter rival. However, Cormier, a former STRIKEFORCE® Grand Prix champion and the current No. 2 contender, poses one of his most formidable tests to date with a wrestling ability that may be the best in all of MMA.
 
In addition, No. 4 contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (25-6, 1 NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) will meet eighth-ranked and undefeated Myles Jury (15-0, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) in a lightweight showdown that could change the landscape of the division. Cerrone, one of the most devastating strikers in the division, will need to be firing on all cylinders against Jury, who has the ability to finish the fight anywhere it goes. Both of these men look to continue their current win streaks in pursuit of UFC gold.
 
Also, Cuban Olympic judoka Hector Lombard  (34-4-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) puts his No. 6 welterweight ranking on the line against Josh Burkman (27-10, fighting out of Salt Lake City, Utah), who is making his return to the Octagon®.  Having compiled an impressive record outside of the organization, Burkman is back and looking to send shockwaves throughout the division.
 
Other bouts for UFC 182 include:
  • No. 15 Brad Tavares (12-4, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)  meets former STRIKEFORCE  champion Nate Marquardt ( 36-13-2, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) in a battle of talented middleweights.
  • Lightweight grappling specialists square off as No. 15 Rustam Khabilov (17-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) faces Danny Castillo (17-7, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.).
  • Hard-hitting flyweights are set to meet as No. 12  Kyoji Horiguchi (14-1, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan) faces No. 14 Louis Gaudinot  (7-3, fighting out of Hoboken, N.J.).
  • Heavy-handed Shawn Jordan (16-6, fighting out of Baton, Rouge, La.) takes on undefeated Jarod Cannonier (7-0, Anchorage, Ala.) in a heavyweight contest.
  • 13-fight UFC veteran Evan Dunham (14-6, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) meets submission ace Rodrigo Damm (12-8, fighting out of Vila Velha, Brazil) at lightweight.
  • Sambo specialist Omari Akhmedov (13-2, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) will take on three-time world grappling champion Mats Nilsson (11-3-1, Copenhagen, Denmark) in a middleweight showdown.
 
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.
 
Tickets for UFC® 182: JONES vs. CORMIER, presented by Bud Light, go on sale Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $350, $200 and $125 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.mgmgrand.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
 
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Nov. 20 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
 
Get your VIP package today! The UFC VIP Experience packages together your tickets with behind-the-scenes access to the official weigh-ins, backstage tours, meet and greet and autograph signings with top UFC stars, Q&A sessions, and photo opportunities, access to an in-arena VIP party room, a chance to hold the championship belt inside the Octagon® and more!
 
UFC®182: JONES vs. CORMIER, presented by Bud Light, will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High -Definition.
 
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About the MGM Grand Garden Arena 
The Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 14,000 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. 
 
The Grand Garden Arena is known for hosting legendary events such as world championship boxing featuring the legends of the sport – Floyd Mayweather, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and many more. The venue also has been home to many premier UFC fights.  Music lovers have experienced some of the industry’s biggest stars at the Grand Garden Arena including performances by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert.  The Grand Garden Arena also hosts a variety of special events and sporting events annually including major awards shows, college basketball, pre-season NHL and NBA games, among others. The Grand Garden Arena is operated by a joint venture, the interest of which is owned 50% by a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and 50% by a subsidiary of AEG that also owns and operates T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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