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(This story originally published Sept. 7, 2021.)

The UFC is on road this week in a city it has visited only one time before.

UFC on ESPN 58 is set for Saturday at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. It is the UFC’s first visit to the city since 2011 – and just its second ever.

That means like St. Louis last month, Louisville will come off this list of the one-time-only UFC cities in the U.S. (We’ve also presented a separate look at the international cities the UFC has gone to just once.)

(Note: Some cities technically qualify for the list – like Albuquerque, N.M., which the UFC went to in 2014. But because the UFC went to Rio Rancho, N.M., a near suburb of Albuquerque, in 2020, we grouped the two together. So Rosemont, Ill., doesn’t make the cut because it’s a near suburb of Chicago, which the UFC has been to several times. Sure, that makes this list slightly arbitrary. But you’ll forgive us.)

Albany, N.Y.

Albany, N.Y.

* Event: UFC Fight Night 102
* Date: Dec. 9, 2016
* Card notes: After six decisions in eight fights on the prelims, the main card had four stoppages. Current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou submitted Anthony Hamilton in the co-main event for his first post-fight bonus. And in the headliner, future title challenger Derrick Lewis stopped Shamil Abdurakhimov with a fourth-round TKO.
* City notes: Albany is New York’s state capital and was the UFC’s first event outside of New York City after MMA legislation passed in the state earlier in the year. Just five weeks prior, UFC 205 took place at Madison Square Garden to usher in the promotion’s return to New York.

Baltimore

Baltimore

* Event: UFC 172
* Date: April 26, 2014
* Card notes: Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision scorecard sweep of Glover Teixeira in the main event. Future UFC champions Max Holloway and Luke Rockhold also fought on the main card. Both picked up submission wins over Andre Fili and Tim Boetsch, respectively.
* City notes: The largest city in Maryland, Baltimore is home to baseball’s Orioles and the NFL’s Ravens. It has more buildings designated as historic properties than any other city in the country. Ric Ocasek from The Cars and David Byrne from the Talking Heads are Baltimore-area natives. “The Wire,” considered one of the greatest TV series of all time, took place in and was filmed in Baltimore.

Bangor, Maine

Bangor, Maine

* Event: UFC Fight Night 47
* Date: Aug. 16, 2014
* Card notes: Bangor got its moment in the spotlight really for just one reason: UFC president Dana White graduated high school in Maine and has a home near Bangor that he visits several times a year. Future Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader outworked Ovince Saint Preux for a unanimous decision win in the main event. Upcoming women’s flyweight title challenger Lauren Murphy lost a decision to Olympic medal winner Sara McMann on the prelims in McMann’s first fight back after losing a title shot to Ronda Rousey.
* City notes: Bangor features a 31-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan, though he’s not counted as one of the city’s roughly 33,000 people. Former UFC fighter Marcus Davis is from Bangor. But the city’s most famous resident by far is author Stephen King, who has sold more than 350 million copies of his books, many of which have been adapted for movies and

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Author: Staff

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