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UFC 87 in Minnesota

PHERSY:Well, as most of you know, I'm a huge mixed martial arts fan. So you can guess how excited I am that the UFC is coming to Minnesota in August. UFC 87 will be at the Target Center on Aug. 9 (just three days short of my birthday ... we'll say it's my 28th birthday). The card for the event is still in the works, but there already are some amazing fights. The main event will feature No. 1 ranked welterweight Georges St.-Pierre against No. 2 Jon Fitch. St.-Pierre is my favorite fighter, so having him on the card obviously makes me giddy. There are some other huge fights lined up, too. Here's what's already set:

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch

Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta

Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring

Cheick Kongo vs. Dan Evensen

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Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida

Steve Bruno vs. Chris Wilson

Rob Emerson vs. Manny Gamburyan

Frankie Edgar vs. TBD

Most of these fights have been confirmed by the fighters, though the UFC hasn't official announced them yet. If the UFC finds a good opponent for Frankie Edgar, I'd expect that fight to make its way on to the main card. Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida could be amazing. Danzig is the guy who beat Tommy Speer in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 6, and Guida fought Roger Huerta that same night in what some called the fight of the year. Personally, I hope Guida smashes Danzig!

At any rate, there are still tickets available at ticketmaster.com. If you're not familiar with the UFC, though, sticker shock might scare you away. UFC tickets are as expensive as going to the Super Bowl. Floor seats for this event are $600. Then there's a group of $400 seats, $250 seats (the first few rows in the upper level are $250) and then some nose-bleeds up at $125, $75 and $50. Now, these prices are in line with other UFC events at big arenas. However, I feel like the UFC must not have come to Minnesota to look at the venue before they set these prices. I think they've really priced themselves out of a sellout. Why? Because anything in the upper level at the Target Center is a joke. Who's going to pay $250 to sit that far away? I think the die-hard UFC fans will snap up all the floor seats, even at $600 a pop. And if this thing was at the X, I'd say $250 for an upper level seat would be acceptable, because the upper level there isn't bad at all. But the Target Center? No way.

Anyway, that's my ramblings for today. Regardless of ticket prices, I'm really pumped for this event. IT's the first time the UFC has been in Minnesota. It might be the last in my lifetime, so I'm not going to miss it!

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