TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY (NOV. 19) FOR
UFC: THROW DOWN
AT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA, JAN. 11
Jens Pulver to defend lightweight title against B. J. Penn
Dave Menne to meet Murilo Bustamante for middleweight crown
LAS VEGAS, November 15, 2001….Tickets, $200, $100, $60 and $30, go on sale Monday (Nov. 19) at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, at tickets.com or by calling tickets.com at 1-800-477-6849 for the all-new Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC: Throw Down, which will be held Friday, January 11, 2002, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
Lightweight champion Jens Pulver of Davenport, Iowa, will defend his belt for the second time against B. J. Penn of Wainaku, Hilo, Hawaii, as the main event of an eight-fight card. UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne of Forest Lake, Minn., will defend his title for the first time against top contender Murilo Bustamante of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Additional bouts will be announced.
UFC: Throw Down also will be available on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST. The suggested retail price will be $29.95.
Pulver (20-2-1 in Mixed Martial Arts) is undefeated in the UFC (5-0-1). He won the vacant lightweight championship Feb. 23 at UFC: Battle On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, with a unanimous decision over Caol Uno. He successfully defended his belt Sept. 28 at UFC: Victory In Vegas with a unanimous decision over Dennis Hallman. Penn (4-0-0 in MMA) lived up to his nickname, "The Prodigy," with an 11-second, first-round knockout of Uno Nov. 2 at UFC: High Voltage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Menne (35-3-1 in MMA) will defend his title for the first time since winning the middleweight belt Sept. 28 at UFC: Victory In Vegas in a five-round unanimous decision over Gil Castillo. Bustamante (9-1-1 in MMA) will drop a weight classification to meet Menne. He has fought as a light heavyweight (185-204.9 pounds) in previous UFC competition. Middleweights compete at 170-184.9 pounds.
The Mohegan Sun is located on 240 acres along the banks of the Thames River in Uncasville, CT. It is approximately one mile from the interchange of I-395 and Connecticut Route 2A and is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence. With state-of-the-art lighting and sound, Mohegan Sun Arena is the premier entertainment venue in Connecticut. Major sporting events, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, championship boxing, world-renowned entertainers and trade shows call the 10,000-seat arena home.