Two Title Fights Headline UFC 189 In Crowning Event of International Fight Week

UFC Featherweight King Jose Aldo Clashes With Conor McGregor and Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler Faces Rory MacDonald
 
Tickets for UFC 189:  Aldo vs. McGregor
at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
On-Sale Friday, March 27

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LAS VEGAS (March 23, 2015) – In one of the most anticipated matchups in UFC® history, reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo goes head-to-head with Irish superstar Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC® 189, Saturday, July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Plus, newly crowned welterweight champion Robbie Lawler makes his first title defense against No. 2 Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.  The two world title fights will be the signature events of UFC’s International Fight Week™, which kicks off July 7 in Las Vegas, the home of the UFC. 
 
Aldo (25-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), second in the pound-for-pound rankings, looks to continue his historic reign and remain the only featherweight champion in UFC history. He will attempt an eighth straight successful title defense against polarizing Irish sensation McGregor (17-2, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland), a winner of 13 straight. After several heated exchanges through the press and social media, these adversaries will finally meet in the five-round main event. The talking ends July 11.
 
Plus, UFC welterweight champion Lawler (25-10, 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) will make his first title defense in a rematch against a young and hungry MacDonald (18-2, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Lawler handed MacDonald his only loss in the last five years at UFC 167 in November 2013, and then went on to defeat top-ranked contenders Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown before taking the 170-pound title from Johny Hendricks by decision. MacDonald has rattled off three straight wins over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine to secure his title shot and rematch with the champ. 
 
Additional bouts will be announced soon.
 
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.
 
Tickets for UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR , presented by Bud Light, go on sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,003, $753, $503, $353, $228 and $128 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com and mgmgrand.com and UFCFightWeek.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available in person at any MGM Resorts International box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
 
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, March 25 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, March 26 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® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR, 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 $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/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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