THE Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming to Nottingham.
The UFC is planning a show – featuring local hero Dan Hardy – at the Trent FM Nottingham Arena early in 2010.
"We can't wait to come and put on a huge show in the city," said UFC UK Division President Marshall Zelaznik.
"The UFC is the biggest indoor sporting event in the British Isles. We've broken records in every city we've gone to – Manchester, London, Belfast, Newcastle, Birmingham and Dublin – and we are overdue a visit to Nottingham.
"We've looked at the great arena in Nottingham and been in touch. We know the Arena will be a wonderful stage for the world's fastest growing sport.
"I've attended events at the Arena and know the atmosphere will be something very special.
"The city is earning an international reputation as a hotbed for British mixed martial arts.
"There are some outstanding talents who live and train in the city, not least of which Dan Hardy, who has taken the UFC by storm, and, of course, four of the eight men selected to represent the UK on the latest season of 'the Ultimate Fighter' either lived or trained in Nottingham.
"We're not even at the planning stages yet. All I can say for sure is that we will be coming to Nottingham and it will be a huge event.
"Fans from all over the world travel to see UFC events and we have a television audience of millions worldwide. It will be great exposure for the city."
Zelaznik says it would be a "no-brainer" to have Hardy in action in his hometown.
"Dan is very proud to represent his home city," he added. "And I don't think there are too many other fighters in UFC history who have made as much noise in their first nine months in the UFC as 'the Outlaw' has."
Great news for me as I live in Nottingham Huzzah!!!!!!! and Nottingham is a hotbed for MMA, you only need to go out on a Friday or Saturday night everyones at it