As the UFC just completed another go around in the United Kingdom last weekend at UFC 85 in London, the promotion's president Dana White announced another expansion of the company's reach in the U.S. market. In a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine, he stated that UFC 88 will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, which is scheduled for September 6th. White also indicated the event in Atlanta would mark Chuck Liddell's return to action.
It is expected that the UFC will operate the September event at the Philips Arena. The venue is a 21,000-seat arena that is home to the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL, the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, and the Georgia Force of the AFL. The venue has also hosted a number of pro wrestling events and recently hosted its first mixed martial arts event, which was run by the American Fight League.