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 six months of the new year have been no different.
We've seen new champions crowned, current titleholders turn back challengers and a pair of non-title main events steal the show on PPV. Dustin Poirier got revenge against Conor McGregor in January with a second-round TKO after the Irishman won the first meeting in 2014. Then in July, Poirier was on his way to winning the first round of the trilogy when McGregor's leg snapped underneath him. The two, along with Dana White, have already said a fourth fight will likely happen.
Things keep on rolling in July as this week marks the return of former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw when he faces off with top contender Cory Sandhagen. Dillashaw is set to make his first walk to the Octagon after a two-year suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He tasted defeat in his final fight prior to suspension, losing by TKO to flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. Now, he gets a tough test in Sandhagen, who has rolled to a 7-1 record since joining the promotion in January 2018 with only two of those fights going the distance.
Plus, UFC made the interesting decision to float an interim title in the heavyweight division in August when Derrick Lewis meets Ciryl Gane in Houston. The anticipation was for Lewis to take on recently crowned undisputed champ Francis Ngannou in the fall, but break downs in negotiations led UFC to push Gane into the spotlight and a PPV main event. Gane is a perfect 9-0 in his young MMA career and coming off a decision win over Alexander Volkov in June.
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||July 24||Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw||Bantamweights||Las Vegas||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC Fight Night||July 31||Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland||Middleweights||Las Vegas||ESPN/ESPN+|
|UFC 265||Aug. 7||Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane||Interim heavyweight title||Houston||ESPN+ PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||Aug. 21||Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum||Middleweights||Las Vegas||ESPN 2/ESPN+|
|UFC 266||Sept. 25||Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Brian Ortega||Featherweight title||Las Vegas||ESPN+ PPV|