Published Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 2:42 p.m.
Updated Thursday, June 25, 2009 | 6:17 a.m.
In anticipation for the historical UFC 100 event at Mandalay Bay on July 11, the organization has planned an opportunity for mixed martial arts fans unlike ever before to mingle with the most influential fighters of all time.
The first-ever UFC Fan Expo has been scheduled to run from Friday, July 10 right up to the first fight of the UFC 100 card the following day. The event will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
The UFC has already confirmed the attendance of premier fighters from the UFC, WEC and PRIDE.
Just a handful of those confirmed in attendance include: Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Kenny Florian, Forrest Griffin, Royce Gracie, Lyoto Machida, Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Miguel Torres, Mike Brown, Urijah Faber, Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua.
In addition to meeting fighters, fans will also be treated to MMA demonstrations, training and development sessions and other entertainment activities. The organization is expecting over 100 companies and brands to also participate in the event, promoting everything from clothing to fitness equipment to nutritional supplements.
Tickets are limited but still available at www.ufcfanexpo.com.