The UFC has rolled right back to the action in 2021. After what can be called nothing short of a massive success in 2020 under incredibly difficult circumstances, the UFC has not 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 of TKO by Conor McGregor in January. Then Kamaru Usman gathered from an early knockdown against friend who became rival Gilbert Burns to stop his opponent and retain his welterweight title. In addition, a new heavyweight king was crowned with Francis Ngannou who finished Stipe Miocic to earn the title via vicious knockout.
So in Ril, UFC fans welcomed back to the arena with a sold-out audience in Jacksonville for UFC 261. And the card did not distribute. Kamaru Usman destroyed Jorge Masvidal for a vicious knockout, Rose Namajunas regained his title with an ugly head kick knockout by Weili Zhang and Valentina Shevchenko smashed Jessica Andrade to a TKO.
We also saw 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 the summer is warming up with the expectation building against the trilogy match between McGregor and Poirier in July. This card is also filled with talent as welterweights Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson meet in a crucial match for the division. And Sean O’Malley returns when he meets 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
|UFC Fight Night||June 19||Korean Zombie Vs. Dan Ige||Featherweight||Las Vegas||ESPN / ESPN +|
|UFC Fight Night||26th of June||Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov||Heavy weights||Las Vegas||ESPN / ESPN +|
|UFC 264||July 10th||Dustin Poirier Vs. Conor McGregor||Lightweight||Las Vegas||ESPN + PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||July 17th||Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez||Featherweight||Las Vegas||ESPN / ESPN +|
|UFC Fight Night||July 24th||Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw||Bantam weights||Las Vegas||ESPN / ESPN +|
|UFC 265||August 7||Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Julianna Feather||Bantamweight title||TBD||ESPN + PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||August 21st||Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum||Middle weights||Las Vegas||ESPN / ESPN +|
|UFC 266||September 4||Jan Blachowicz (c) vs. Glover Teixeira||Lightweight title||TBD||ESPN + PPV|