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UFC on FOX Returns to Chicago on January 26

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by Matt Lo Cascio

FOX Sports and the UFC released their 2013 broadcast schedule, and Chicago will be one of their first stops.

The first UFC on FOX event of the new year will take place January 26 at the United Center in Chicago. No fight announcements have been made for the event.

The UFC was in Chicago just once in 2012, also for a UFC on FOX broadcast. The main card of that event featured three fights that all went the distance. Chael Sonnen defeated Michael Bisping, Chris Weidman easily bested Demian Maia and Rashad Evans beat Phil Davis, all by unanimous decision.

Evans was happy with the win, but not how he got it. “I wanted to do better. I wanted to put on a more spectacular win for the Chicago fans and the FOX fans,” Evans said after the fight. “I didn’t do it like I wanted to or how I envisioned it, but at the same time I got the job done.”

Chicago police office Mike Russow also fought on the card, and he beat Norway’s Jon Olav Einemo via unanimous decision.

“2013 is shaping up to be a huge year for the UFC and we can’t wait to bring more great fights to FOX!” said UFC President Dana White. “We’re going to continue to take the UFC all over the world putting on the biggest and best fights. FOX is an amazing broadcast partner and we’re going to do some big things next year.”

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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