(LAS VEGAS, NV --- March 30, 2011) – The chance to train alongside a UFC Hall of Famer, a former two-division champion and one of the most dynamic strikers in history is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, former UFC two-division champion BJ Penn and the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis will host Training & Development sessions at the festivities in Ontario.
“This is the ultimate opportunity for fans to train alongside three of the UFC’s biggest stars,” UFC President Dana White said. “Liddell, Penn and Pettis are some of the most gifted athletes we’ve ever seen in the Octagon and we’re really excited to give fans the chance to learn from them at the UFC Fan Expo.
Liddell’s session, which will focus on takedown defense and striking techniques, will be held on Friday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, “The Prodigy” BJ Penn will lead students through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts training on Saturday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.
Pettis, who gained worldwide recognition in December for landing one of the most devastating and acrobatic kicks in the sport’s history, will be joined by renowned coach Duke Roufus - whose Milwaukee facility Roufusport was recently named America's Top MMA Gym - in a Training & Development session on Saturday, April 30 from 2 p.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET. The fighter nicknamed “Showtime” will teach attendees the exciting and effective kickboxing skills that helped him earn the WEC lightweight championship.
Space for each Training & Development Session is limited and tickets will be sold to the first 100 registrants at $150.00* (CAD) per session. *Note: Pricing is inclusive of all local sales tax.
All the UFC® Fan Expo activities will be planned in conjunction with the sold out UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS event, which takes place in front of 55,000 fans at Rogers Centre on Saturday, April 30. Headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St-Pierre of Montreal and challenger Jake Shields, UFC 129 also features Jose Aldo defending the featherweight crown against tough Ontarian Mark Hominick. The event has already broken all UFC attendance and gate records, while also setting the highest gate mark for a single-day event in Rogers Centre history.
For more information on UFC Fan Expo and to purchase tickets, visit www.ufcfanexpo.com. To subscribe to the official UFC Fan Expo newsletter visit www.ufcfanexpo.com/newsletter. For companies interested in reserving space at this premier event, contact Ed Gallo, Event Director at 1-203-840-5546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t wait, space is limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fans can bypass the autograph lines at the event by purchasing an Ultimate VIP Ticket at www.ufcfanexpo.com/VIP. A limited number of these exclusive packages are still available and grant fans a wide variety of incentives all tailored around enhancing their Ultimate Fan Experience at the premiere event. Standard VIP packages and general admission tickets are also available online at www.ufcfanexpo.com. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now and save, as ticket pricing will increase at the door.