It will be only the second event the UFC has run in the state of Pennsylvania, having previously brought UFC 101 to the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. That card, headlined by B.J. Penn's UFC Lightweight Title victory over Kenny Florian and featuring Anderson Silva's matrix-like destruction of Forrest Griffin, brought in over 17,000 fans and a little over $3.5 million at the gate.
The Consol Energy Center, host of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, is a brand-new 19,000 seat venue in the city that opened just prior to the start of the 2010-2011 NHL season last August.
The UFC has not booked a headlining fight for the event as of yet, but four bouts have been confirmed. Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo, Rich Attonito vs. Matt Brown, Manny Gamburyan vs. Tyson Griffin and Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez will all take place on the card, with Griffin and Stevenson each making their featherweight debuts in their respective bouts.
The UFC has run three previous events on the Versus network, with now UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones headlining two in 2010 and the most recent taking place last month, when Diego Sanchez edged out Martin Kampmann by split decision in Louisville, Ky.