Thrill-seeking UFC® 152 main event and co-main event fighters Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson, and Michael Bisping and Brian Stann, found themselves on top of the Western Hemisphere on Wednesday, squaring off for their UFC® 152 bouts from the ledge of the iconic CN Tower in Toronto.
In town to announce that tickets for the inaugural and historic flyweight championship fight on September 22 at Air Canada Centre will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 27, the fighters went on the EdgeWalk, a terrifying “walk” on the 1,168 ft ledge of the 1,875 ft-tall CN Tower. Towering over the Toronto harbour and cityscape, the world’s top 125-pound fighters, Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson squared off as they took in the view from the world’s fifth-tallest and the Western Hemisphere’s tallest free-standing structure. Following closely behind them on the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk, UFC® middleweight title contenders Michael Bisping and Brian Stann squared off for their highly anticipated co-main event. The fighters were tethered to an overhead rail system and walked around the edge of the CN Tower’s main pod above the 360 Restaurant on a 1.5-metre (4.9 ft) metal floor.
UFC® 152: BENAVIDEZ vs. JOHNSON on September 22 marks the second of three UFC® events taking place in Canada in 2012, following UFC®149: FABER vs. BARAO in Calgary this past Saturday and ahead of UFC® 154 in Montreal on November 17. The UFC® 152 card will also feature the return of UFC® legend BJ Penn, as he takes on rising Canadian welterweight star Rory MacDonald. In addition, Calgary’s TJ Grant looks to extend his winning streak to three when he meets Evan Dunham in a lightweight contest. Additional fights will be announced at www.ufc.com in the weeks to come.
Tickets for UFC® 152: BENAVIDEZ vs. JOHNSON go on sale Friday, July 27 at 12 p.m. ET and are priced at $550, $375, $250, $150, $125 and $85. Tickets will be available at the Air Canada Centre Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.
UFC® Fight Club™ members had the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, July 26, starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC® newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC® 152: BENAVIDEZ vs. JOHNSON, presented by Assassin’s Creed III, Igniting the Revolution on October 30th, will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on Shaw Communications, Bell TV, Sasktel and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
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