During the TUF Brazil 3 Finale pre show on FOX Sports 1, the UFC announced that it would be holding UFC Fight Night 50 on Friday, September 5 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn. Historically, the UFC put on four shows at the rival Mohegan Sun Arena - UFC 35 (2002), UFC 39 (2002), UFC 45 (2003), and UFC 55 (2005).
What made the announcement newsworthy is not a return to Connecticut after nearly a decade, but rather that Bellator 123 is taking place the same night at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Conn., just ten miles away.
Bellator 123 will be headlined by UFC veteran James Irvin vs. Connecticut's Brennan Ward, who is coming off a loss to Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. The event will also feature opening fights from Bellator's season 11 middleweight tournament.
The UFC has not yet announced the UFN 50 main event.
The event comes during an extraordinarily busy season for the UFC, including two events taking place on the same day, twice.
Aug 16: UFC Fight Night 47, Bangor, Maine
Aug 23: UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le , Macau, China
Aug 23: UFC Fight Night 49, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Aug 30: UFC 177, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 5: UFC Fight Night 50, Ledyard, Connecticut
Sep 13: UFC Fight Night Brasília, Brazil
Sep 20: UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson, Saitama, Japan
Sep 27: UFC 178, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Oct 4: UFC Fight Night, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 4: UFC Fight Night , Stockholm, Sweden