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Liverpool Olympia seminar cancelled

By Zach Arnold | February 23, 2007

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By Mark Pickering

Only hours after the Ultimate Fighting Championship held a press conference in Manchester, England to the announce the fight card for the organisations April 21st event at the MEN Arena, it has emerged that their assault on the British market has already taken a setback.

The Liverpool Olympia, a famed boxing venue in North West England, has announced this afternoon that this weekend’s star-studded mixed martial arts seminar featuring a plethora of UFC combatants has been cancelled.

The two-day spectacular, which was due to start Saturday morning, was set to feature Tito Ortiz, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Dean Lister, Michael Bisping and his countryman Paul Daley,

The event was suddenly cancelled today with the venue citing that the promoter was unable to pay for a number of his costs including the fee for the venue.

Tito Ortiz, training partner Dean Lister, and “Rampage” Jackson arrived at Manchester Airport today to attend the UFC 70 press conference.

Thereafter they were due to make the short trip to Liverpool ahead of the weekend’s seminar.

However, in light of this afternoon’s announcement Lancashire’s Michael Bisping, “Rampage”, and Dean Lister are currently scheduling their own seminar to he held at the Brit’s Wolsflair Academy in Widnes tomorrow.

An official announcement will be issued later today.

Topics: All Topics, Mark Pickering, MMA, UFC, UK | 7 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

7 Responses to “Liverpool Olympia seminar cancelled”

  1. GassedOut says:

    Now THAT’S intereseting. Dana can’t pay the bills is the implication…

  2. Mike says:

    How is that the implication? Where does it say that UFC was promoting this seminar? In no way does this have anything to do with Dana White.

  3. Stu says:

    This section pretty much implies that the UFC was behind this event:

    Only hours after the Ultimate Fighting Championship held a press conference in Manchester, England to the announce the fight card for the organisations April 21st event at the MEN Arena, it has emerged that their assault on the British market has already taken a setback.

  4. D. Capitated says:

    It implies, but that doesn’t mean that its true. Not remotely. Since when did the UFC run grappling seminars with people not under UFC contract?

  5. Mike says:

    UFC doesn’t run these seminars. It’s an independent businessman.

  6. DarthMolen says:

    LoL. That ain’t the UFC style. IFL, definitely, but not the UFC 😉

  7. Mike says:

    The guy cancelled this event because of UFC’s “assault on the British market?” Umm, no. He cancelled it because he was a promoter in over his head who couldn’t pay the bills. But blaming Dana White will always find receptive ears with some, no matter how ludicrous the insinuation.

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