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Had enough of the Olympics? UFC brings the fights back to Staples Center — and Fox

UFC 113: Machida v Shogun 2

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Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (L) looks at Lyoto Machida in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dominick Cruz After-Fight Party At Studio 54

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Mixed martial artist Brandon Vera (C) and Tropic Beauty Model Search contestants arrive at a post-fight party for UFC 132 at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino early July 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Evidence of Vera's reputed ego?


The Ultimate Fighting Championship, better known as UFC, is bringing mixed martial arts back to Los Angeles once again this Saturday for a live event that will be broadcast on Fox. It's the fourth such event to air on the network.

"It's going to be tough against the Olympics," says Dave Meltzer of Yahoo Sports and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Ticket sales aren't great, but Meltzer says it's what should have been expected. "It's Los Angeles and Los Angeles isn't going to turn out in great numbers unless you've got the biggest names."

Still, Meltzer expects a respectable crowd, predicting around 8,000 fans paying for tickets and more receiving free tickets from giveaways and comps. He says that's a decent attendance given a middle of the road lineup.

"UFC is running a lot of shows and battling a lot of injuries," Meltzer says, "which makes putting together a killer card problematic." As the sport has entered the mainstream through exposure on both cable and network television, UFC has tried to take advantage of that with more product, but it means each individual show might not have the big fight.

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