UFC returns to the Lone Star State

Zuffa, parent company of the UFC and WEC, has been making trips to Texas more frequentley as of late. Over the last 15 months, the organization made their first-ever visits to Corpus Christi (WEC 39), San Antonio (WEC 43) and Dallas (UFC 103). The organization made their first journey to the Lone Star State back at UFC 69, when Houston was the host city.

Bellator has also made several trips to Texas over the last year -- including stops in Grand Prairie, San Antonio, and Robstown. Bellator's CEO indicates return trips for the organization will likely occur for season three.

The southern part of the state is becoming an increasingly popular stop for MMA organizations. Four of the last six televised MMA events held in the state were located in South Texas. A largely untapped Hispanic market, keen on combative sports, is the obvious reason behind the focus of the region. South Texas has been home to multiple local promotions including organizations such as South Texas Fighting Championships, King of Kombat and now defunct Katana Fighting.

With that being said, it's no surprise that the UFC indicated that they are eyeing San Antonio or Austin to host UFC Fight Night 22 on Sept. 15. As originally reported by mmajunkie.com, UFC President Dana White indicated that the organization’s preference would be to host the event in Austin but San Antonio could get the event depending on venue availability.

Alan Belcher, who will be facing Demian Maia at UFN 22, indicates that he expects the event to be held in the state’s capital.

“I wanted to let every one know the news! I'm fighting d Maia main event sep 15 in Austin!,” Belcher said via Twitter @alanbelcherufc.

All signs point to numerous opportunities for Texas fight fans to see the best MMA action in the coming years. Let’s hope a UFC trip to Cowboy Stadium is on the agenda.