In news that essentially got buried due to other events and the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor announcement, a report from Combate (written before the UFC cancelled its August PPV, thus making the September PPV “UFC 215” instead of UFC 216) has revealed almost the back-end of the UFC’s event calendar for 2017. These would be cards running from September all the way until the New Year’s Eve show, which will be UFC 219 in Las Vegas on December 30th.
Without further ado, here’s what’s on tap for the final four months of the year.
September 2nd (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) – UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov
September 9th (Edmonton, Canada) – UFC 215
September 16th (US city TBD) – UFC Fight Night
September 23rd (Saitama, Japan) – UFC Fight Night
October 7th (Las Vegas) – UFC 216
October 21st (Gdansk, Poland) – UFC Fight Night
October 28th (Sao Paulo, Brazil): UFC Fight Night
November 4th (New York City) – UFC 217
November 11th (US city TBD) – UFC Fight Night
November 19th (Sydney, Australia) – UFC Fight Night
November 25th (Asian city TBD) – UFC Fight Night
December 1st (Las Vegas) – TUF 26 Finale
December 2nd (Detroit) – UFC 218
December 30th (Las Vegas) – UFC 219
I suspect that we’ll see the year-end UFC on FOX card take place in mid-December. In other words, there’s probably at least one more event that’s not been reported.
The November 4th card in New York City would be the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden, nearly a year to the day after their stacked debut, which was topped by Conor McGregor’s lightweight title win over Eddie Alvarez. So far, the UFC has staged a total of four shows in New York since MMA was legalized in 2016.
UFC 218 in Detroit would be held at the new Little Caesars Arena in the city’s downtown area. The NBA’s Pistons and the NHL’s Red Wings have abandoned their previous longtime homes to play at this venue, which will open in September. Kevin Lee had already dropped the hint that if Michael Chiesa wanted to rematch him, it’d be in Detroit.
The September 16th Fight Night card is indeed the same night as Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez, which just seems like a horrible idea, but if you’re a UFC fan who absolutely does not watch boxing at all, at least you have that to look forward to. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor was targeted for September 16th, so one would think that either the UFC made this decision after Mayweather-McGregor was moved to August, or they were totally fine with running an event opposite their biggest star’s boxing match.
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