UFC has rolled right back into the action in 2021. After what can be called nothing short of a massive success in 2020 under incredibly difficult circumstances, UFC hasn't missed a beat in the time since the pandemic started with big fight after big fight throughout the year. The first two months of the new year have been no different.
Dustin Poirier shocked many with his second-round TKO of Conor McGregor in January. Then, Kamaru Usman rallied from an early knockdown against friend turned rival Gilbert Burns to stop his opponent and retain his welterweight title. Plus, a new heavyweight king was crowned with Francis Ngannou finishing Stipe Miocic to earn the title via vicious knockout.
Then in April, UFC welcomed fans back to the arena with a sell-out crowd in Jacksonville for UFC 261. And the card did not disappoint. Kamaru Usman destroyed Jorge Masvidal for a vicious knockout, Rose Namajunas regained her title with a nasty head kick knockout of Weili Zhang and Valentina Shevchenko smashed Jessica Andrade for a TKO.
We've also seen a new champion crowned in the flyweight and lightweight divisions with Charles Oliveira stopping Michael Chandler in May and Brandon Moreno submitting Deiveson Figueiredo in June. Israel Adesanya also returned to form with a decision over Marvin Vettori in their rematch after a failed attempt to claim the light heavyweight title in March.
Now, summer really heats up with the anticipation building toward the trilogy bout between McGregor and Poirier set for July. That card is loaded up with talent, too, as welterweights Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson meet in a pivotal bout for the division. And Sean O'Malley makes his return when he takes on Louis Smolka.
Be sure to check back in on this page when we have more information on upcoming UFC events throughout the year.
Upcoming UFC Schedule
|Event||Date||Main event||Weight class||Location||TV|
|UFC Fight Night||June 19||Korean Zombie vs. Dan Ige||Featherweights||Las Vegas||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC Fight Night||June 26||Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov||Heavyweights||Las Vegas||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC 264||July 10||Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor||Lightweights||Las Vegas||ESPN+ PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||July 17||TBA||TBA||Las Vegas||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC Fight Night||July 24||Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw||Bantamweights||Las Vegas||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC Fight Night||July 31||Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland||Middleweights||TBD||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC 265||Aug. 7||Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Julianna Pena||Bantamweight title||TBD||ESPN+ PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||Aug. 21||Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum||Middleweights||Las Vegas||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC 266||Sept. 4||Jan Blachowicz (c) vs. Glover Teixeira||Light heavyweight title||TBD||ESPN+ PPV|