UFC announces 11-city tour for four big cards

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July 19, 2013, 11:49 PM

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced an 11-city tour to promote its final four pay-per-view events of 2013.

The tour will visit 11 cities in five different countries from July 29 to Aug. 2 and will feature some of the UFC’s biggest stars, including four champions.

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey,  heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and their respective upcoming opponents, Johny Hendricks, Alexander Gustafsson, Miesha Tate and Junior dos Santos will all take part in the tour.

Las Vegas, the California Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Stockholm, London, Rio de Janeiro and Montreal are all stops on the tour that aims to give exposure to UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson on Sept. 21, UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 on Oct. 19, UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov. 16 and UFC 168: Silva vs. Weidman 2, which also features Rousey vs. Tate 2 on Dec. 28.

One notable absence from this tour is Toronto since it’s the host city for UFC 165 – UFC 166 takes place in Houston while UFC 167 and UFC 168 both take place in Las Vegas.

In an email to sportsnet.ca, UFC officials confirmed that the reason Toronto was omitted from the tour was because a press conference for UFC 165 was held in the city on July 9.

Below are details of the tour provided by UFC:

July 29 – California Bay Area:  Press tour with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.

July 29 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Main Lobby, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 12 PM PT: Ultimate Media Day with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public.

July 30 – Los Angeles, California –Club Nokia at Nokia Live, 11 AM PT: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, welterweight champion George St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

July 31 – New York, New York –Beacon Theatre, 1 PM ET: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

August 1 – Montreal, Canada – Complexe Desjardins, 12:30 PM ET: UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright hosts a press conference with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks.  Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

August 1 – Houston, Texas –Toyota Center, 1 PM CT: Open workouts and interviews with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. Free and open to the public.

August 1 – Stockholm, Sweden: Press tour with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

August 2 – Dallas, Texas – Cowboys Stadium, 1 PM CT:  Open workouts and interviews on the field welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks.  Free and open to the public.

August 2 – Chicago, Illinois: Press tour with women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

August 2 – London, England: Press tour with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

August 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – HSBC Arena, 3 PM BRT: heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos to participate in joint Q & A session prior to weigh-ins for UFC 163. Free and open to the public.

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