UFC Partially Releases Upcoming Schedule for 2013, UFC on Fox 6 in Chicago

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

Sep 22, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; UFC fighter Jon Jones after defeating fighter Vitor Belfort (not pictured) during a light heavyweight bout at UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The UFC released their partial schedule for 2013 Monday afternoon. Eight dates were formally announced, starting in January. The release confirmed the dates of the Fox events for 2013, including FOX 6, which is planned for the United Center in Chicago, IL. 

UFC 2013 Schedule Highlights:

Date    Location    Event    
Saturday, Jan. 19    Brazil    UFC on FX: BELFORT vs. BISPING    
Saturday, Jan. 26    United Center, Chicago, Ill.    UFC on FOX     
Saturday, Feb. 2    Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.    UFC 156: ALDO vs. EDGAR**     
Saturday, Feb. 16    International Event    UFC on FUEL TV     
Saturday, April 20    City to be announced     UFC on FOX     
Saturday, April 27    Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.    UFC: JONES vs. SONNEN**     
Saturday, July 27    City to be announced     UFC on FOX     
Saturday, Dec. 14    City to be announced     UFC on FOX

From the looks of it, they aren't planning any PPV events in January. This could obviously change, but it's notable as it could mean fewer PPVs in 2013. Compare that with 2012 which saw the UFC hold 14 PPV events. 

The UFC also held 16 free events in 2012. With the four Fox events already scheduled, it's now a waiting game to see how many FX and Fuel cards are added. 

“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.”

Judging from UFC President Dana White's comments, it's likely that those FX and Fuel cards will be international events.