The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday made official its year opening party.
The promotion plans to kick off 2011 with UFC 125, headlined by lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defending his belt against undefeated Gray Maynard, the only fighter to ever defeat him.
UFC officials also confirmed a much talked about heavyweight match-up between Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, along with a slew of other bouts for Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The nights announced featured bouts round out the card with Clay Guida against Takanori Gomi, Chris Leben versus Brian Stann, Nate Diaz facing Dong Hyun Kim, and Brandon Vera fighting Thiago Silva.
“We always put a huge card together in Vegas to kick off the New Year,” said UFC president Dana White. “This is going to be a killer start to 2011.”
Tickets for UFC 125: Resolution go on sale Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. PT to the general public. UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. PT via the website UFC.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Friday, Oct. 22, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.