4.2 billion. That's how much Zuffa sold the UFC for in 2016 after buying it for only 2 million in 2000. The world's leading provider of mixed martial arts action has become even more popular than the actual sport. With a market share of over 90%, the UFC has visited over 130 cities from 22 countries. And they're only getting bigger as they keep putting out more events for all combat sports aficionados everywhere.
The UFC has 14 confirmed events from March to July with more coming. It begins with UFC 209 where welterweight champ Tyron Woodley rematches Stephen Thompson after their scintillating first bout ended in a draw while Khabib Nurmagomedov fights Tony Ferguson to determine the interim lightweight champ, Conor McGregor's next opponent. The legendary Georges St-Pierre returns in the summer against middleweight champion Michael Bisping while a pair of title rematches headline the next UFC pay-per-views.
|June 10||Fight Night||Lewis vs Hunt||10PM/7PM ETPT|
|June 17||Fight Night||Holm vs Correia||8AM/5AM ETPT|
|June 25||Fight Night||Chiesa vs Lee||9M/6PM ETPT|
|July 7||Ultimate Fighter Finale||Johnson vs Gaethje||TBD|
|July 8||UFC 213||Nunes vs Shevchenko||10PM/7PM ETPT|
|July 16||Fight Night||Nelson vs Ponzinibbio||TBD|
|July 22||Fight Night||Weidman vs Gastelum||8PM/5PM ETPT|
|July 29||UFC 214||Cormier vs Jones 2||TBD|
|August 5||Fight Night||Pettis vs Moreno||TBD|
|September 2||Fight Night||Struve vs Volkov||TBD|
UFC TV Schedule
Since the UFC debuted on Fox Sports 1 in 2013, their annual number of events have increased by 150% recording an average of 43 events from 2014 to 2016.
That's only nine weeks without a UFC event! This is mostly due to TV cards, which are free and average between half a mil to a million viewers. TV cards take place on either FOX or Fox Sports 1 with the former having PPV-quality material. In Canada, TSN airs the TV cards.
|June 10||Lewis vs Hunt||TSN Network||10PM|
|June 17||Holm vs Correia||TBD||10PM|
|June 25||Chiesa vs Lee||TSN5||10PM|
|July 7||Johnson vs Gaethje||TSN5||10PM|
|July 8||Nunes vs Shevchenko||TSN1||8PM|
|July 16||Nelson vs Ponzinibbio||TSN5||3PM|
|July 22||Weidman vs Gastelum||TSN2||6PM|
|July 29||Cormier vs Jones 2||TSN5||8PM|
|August 5||Pettis vs Moreno||TBD||TBD|
|September 2||Struve vs Volkov||TSN2||8PM|
Slated to come are several bouts guaranteed to have fireworks featuring promising young talents like Kelvin Gastelum and Corey Anderson and action fighters like Jimi Manuwa and Vitor Belfort. These events take place all over the globe from Stockholm, Sweden to Fortaleza, Brazil so expect different starting times. Keep this page bookmarked and don't miss free fights!
UFC Pay Per View Schedule
Since 2006, the UFC has held at least one PPV each month and the hectic TV schedule didn't change that format. PPVs can be ordered via a cable subscriber, UFC Fight Pass or YouTube so catching the action isn't difficult. Coming up are pairs of championship fights and rematches starting with UFC 209 featuring the welterweight and interim lightweight championship bouts.
Then, the UFC returns to Buffalo in April with the long-awaited rematch between light heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier and the UFC's most dangerous knockout artist, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.
When the UFC goes to Dallas they always stack the event and two title bouts with heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos rematch while the most electrifying female fighter, Joanna Jedrzejczyk tries to make it five straight title defenses against the unstoppable Jessica Andrade.