UFC/MMA Schedule for 2019/2020

 

Since its 1993 debut in the US, UFC has gone ahead to hold over 400 events. The company which organizes MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) events has grown over time thanks to the huge customer base that it has acquired through the years. The events have included notable names such as Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Brock Lesnar and many more. Fighters from all over the world have had a shot in the cage and fans all over the world have come to fall in love with the sport.

What makes the sport special? Well, as the name suggests, Mixed Martial Arts involve a combination of different styles such as boxing through punches, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through joint locks, chokes among other techniques, judo through throws and takedowns, karate, Muay Thai through use of hands, elbows, legs, and knees, and finally wrestling. There are rules on the sport where styles like biting, hair pulling, eyes gouging, head butts, and other styles are not allowed.

But do people understand the difference between UFC and MMA? Here is the difference. UFC is a company organizing MMA. MMA is a sport that involves a combination of martial arts. Players like Conor McGregor play MMA under the UFC. In simple terms, Messi is a football player of Barcelona FC. The sport he plays is football but the company/organization that organizes the football he plays at Barcelona FC is the Spanish La Liga. Hence, in our case, football represents MMA and La Liga represents the UFC.

Fighters will be divided into different divisions according to their weight and this has seen twelve classes provided as follows;

  • Strawweight – Up to 115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2st)
  • Flyweight – From 115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2st) to 125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9st)
  • Bantamweight – From 125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9st) to 135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6st)
  • Featherweight – From 135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6st) to 145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4st)
  • Lightweight – From 145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4st) to 155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1st)
  • Welterweight – From 155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1st) to 170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1st)
  • Middleweight – From 170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1st) to 185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2st)
  • Light heavyweight – From 185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2st) to 205 lb (93.0kg;14.6st)
  • Heavyweight – From 205 lb (93.0kg;14.6st) to 265 lb (120.2 kg; 18.9st)

Women fighters have their titles on the first four divisions with no men fighters competing on the strawweight division.

How does a typical fight in UFC look like?

Players who are pitted against each other fight inside an octagon cage where they use the styles aforementioned in this piece. There are different bouts in the sport. A normal bout will consist of 3 rounds each at 5 minutes. A championship bout where the belt is involved goes up to 5 rounds each at 5 minutes. Winners are declared on the following instances; knockout, submission, retirement, a decision from judges, forfeiting, and/or forfeiting.

With many fans looking forward to fights, the UFC releases schedules on the dates, time, venues, and the channel of airing the events it holds. In a year, UFC hosts over 40 events and early this year, UFC signed a 5-year $1.5 billion pact with ESPN, a Walt Disney’s multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service provider which would see the fights accessible through its platforms. 42 live events will be showcased this year by ESPN with 30 fights featuring a full card of 12 bouts, ESPN networks will air 10 events with all pay-per-view events. ESPN+, on the other hand, will broadcast 20 events together with all fights for ‘UFC on ESPN Fight Night’. Those that will be streamed will have the tag ‘UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night’. All these can be viewed on the ESPN app.

Where to watch UFC?

So for UFC on ESPN, here is a breakdown of the events with their networks;

Fight NightPlatformNo. of events
UFC on ESPN+ Fight NightESPN+20
UFC on ESPN Fight NightESPN Networks10
UFC PPV FightsESPN Networks12

ESPN charges will be as follows;

  • New ESPN+ subscribers – $79.99 (One year of service inclusive of UFC PPV)
  • Existing ESPN+ subscribers – $59.99 (Pay-per-view package)
  • ESPN+ per month package – $4.99

With the breakdown of events, here are some of the terminologies you will come across;

  • Pay Per View (PPV) – These are numbered events such as UFC 196 which pitted Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. It is normally headlined as a title fight. They are poised to attract more fans mainly due to the popularity of the players hence the commercializing.

Some fights may also be used for promotions due to the increased views all over the world.

  • Fight Night – Involves less highly ranked fighters’ events and are aired at subsided charges or free as opposed to numbered events/PPV.

The following is the schedule released at the start of this year inclusive of the past fights over the year; (The schedule involves only MMA/UFC)

A point to note is that the schedule is released in four schedules over the year with the date of the bout, event, and venue/location as follows;

Full UFC Schedule

1st Quarter (January 19th – March 30th)

Date                            Event                                                  Venue/Location

January 19th      UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY

January 26th      UFC 233 (PPV)                                               Honda Center – Anaheim, CA

February 2nd      UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Brazil (ESPN+ streaming all bouts)

February 9th      UFC 234 (PPV)                                               Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, VIC

February 17th    UFC on ESPN Fight Night                    Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix

(early prelims – streamed live on ESPN+)

(prelims + main card – ESPN & ESPN Deportes)

February 23rd    UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  The O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

March 2nd         UFC 235 (PPV)                                               T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV

March 9th          UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Intrust Bank Arena – Wichita, KS

March 16th        UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  The O2 Arena – London, England

March 23rd        UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

March 30th        UFC on ESPN Fight Night                    Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA

The first quarter’s Fights of the Night were as follows;

January 20th – Hernandez vs. Cerrone

February 10th – Adesanya vs. Silva

February 18th – Barberena vs. Luque

March 3rd – Garbrandt vs. Munhoz

March 10th – Lewis vs. Dos Santos

March 16th – Till vs. Masvidal

March 24th – Mitchell vs. Moffett

March 30th – Gaethje vs. Barboza

 

Some of the best fights for this quarter included;

  • UFC on ESPN Fight Night – Barberena vs. Luque
  • UFC 235 – Garbrandt vs. Munhoz
  • UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night – Verrons vs. Hernandez
  • UFC 234 – Silva vs. Adesanya

The second quarter kicked off from April – June and the following were the schedules;

2nd Quarter (April 23rd – June 29th)

Date                Event                                                  Venue/Location

April 13th          UFC 236 (PPV)                                               State Farm Arena – Atlanta, GA

April 20th          UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Yubileyny Sports Palace – Saint Petersburg

April 27th          UFC on ESPN Fight Night                    BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

May 4th            UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Canadian Tire Center – Ottawa, Canada

May 11th           UFC 237 (PPV)                                               Jeunesse Arena, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

May 18th           UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, NY

June 1st             UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Ericsson Globe – Stockholm

June 8th            UFC 238 (PPV)                                               United Center – Chicago, IL

June 22nd          UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC

June 29th           UFC on ESPN Fight Night                    Target Center – Minneapolis, MN

 

The Fight of the Night in this quarter went to;

April 14th – Holloway vs. Poirier & Adesanya vs. Gastelum

April 20th – Tsarukyan vs. Makhachev

April 28th – Perry vs. Oliveira

May 5th – Iaquinta vs. Cerrone

May 12th – Namajunas vs. Andrade

May 19th – Eubanks vs. Ladd

June 9th – Ferguson vs. Cerrone

June 22nd – Winn vs. Spicely

 

Some of the high profile fights on the quarter were;

  • UFC 235 – Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith
  • UFC 236 – Holloway vs. Poirier 2 & Adesanya vs. Gastelum
  • UFC 237 – Namajunas vs. Andrade
  • UFC 238 – Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye

The third quarter kicked off from July – September and the schedule was as follows;

3rd Quarter (July 6th – September 28th)

Date                Event                                                  Venue/Location

July 6th             UFC 239 (PPV)                                               T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV

July 13th           UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA

July 20th           UFC on ESPN Fight Night                    AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX

July 27th           UFC 240 (PPV)                                               Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB

August 3rd        UFC on ESPN Fight Night                    Prudential Center – Newark, NJ

August 10th       UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Antel Arena – Montevideo

August 17th       UFC 241 (PPV)                                               Honda Center – Anaheim, CA

August 31st       UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Shenzhen Dayun Arena – Shenzhen, China

Sept 7th             UFC 242 (PPV)                                               The Arena – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sept 14th           UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC

Sept 21st           UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Arena Ciudad de Mexico – Mexico City

Sept 28th           UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Royal Arena – Copenhagen

 

The Fights of the Night of this quarter were on the following bouts;

July 21st – Bautista vs. Soo Son

July 28th – Figueiredo vs. Pantoja

August 3rd – Shevchenko vs. Pudilova

August 11th – Perry vs. Luque

August 18th – Costa vs. Romero

August 31st – Batgerel vs. Heili

Sept 15th – Connelly vs. Pereira

Sept 22nd – Grasso vs. Esparza

 

Some of the top fights on this quarter included;

July 6th             UFC 239                      Jan Blachowicz vs. Luke Rockhold

July 6th             UFC 239                      Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm

The fourth-quarter schedule (of October – December) was also released recently and here is how the bouts are scheduled;

4th Quarter (October 5th – December 21st)

Date                Event                                                  Venue/Location

Oct 5th              UFC 243 (PPV)                                               Marvel Stadium – Melbourne, VIC

Oct 12th            UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL

Oct 18th            UFC on ESPN2 Fight Night                  TD Garden – Boston, MA

Oct 26th            UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Singapore Indoor Stadium – Kallang, Singapore

Nov 2nd            UFC 244 (PPV)                                               Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Nov 9th             UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  CSKA Arena – Moscow, Russia

Nov 17th           UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Ibirapuera Gymnasium – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dec 7th             UFC on ESPN Fight Night                    Capital One Arena – Washington, DC

Dec 14th           UFC 245 (PPV)                                               T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV

Dec 21st            UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night                  Sajik Arena, Busan

With the full schedule out, below are some of the fighters to look out for in the 2019 season;

Breakout UFC Fighters

  1. Vicente Luque

He stands as one of the underrated fighters but his current form has been pleasing with 10 wins out of 12. He has finished nine of his opponents and is skilled both in knockouts and chokes. One of his big test to look out for is his bout with Stephen Thompson at UFC 244. If somehow, he manages to beat him, he stands a high chance of winning the title.

  1. Zabit Magomedsharipov

A close friend to Khabib who has come out as a greatly-skilled and exciting fighter. He has a good record standing at 17-1with no defeat as yet on the UFC. He has had high-profile fights over his career and passed the tests.

  1. Islam Makhachev

Also a friend to Khabib, Islam has been touted as a future champion due to his all-rounded game and a good record at 18-1. Not many high-profile fights under his belt yet, but with time, Islam is expected to make those big moves.

  1. Johnny Walker

The hilarious Johnny Walker knows when it means business. He is better known for his knockout record where in less than 3 minutes, he knocked out three opponents. He is touted for a title shot. Only time will tell

According to Tapology, the following are the best 10 UFC fights of 2019 so far.

  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya – Israel wins through a unanimous decision
  • Barberena vs. Luque – Luque wins through a knockout
  • Holloway vs. Poirier II – Poirier wins through a unanimous decision
  • Garbrandt vs. Munhoz – Munhoz wins through punches and knockout
  • Cerrone vs. Hernandez – Cerrone wins through punches, head kick, and knockout
  • Till vs. Masvidal – Masvidal wins through punches and knockout
  • Price vs. Means – Masvidal wins through punches and knockout
  • Lawler vs. Askren – Askren wins through bulldog choke and submission
  • Silva vs. Adesanya – Adesanya wins through a unanimous decision
  • Ferguson vs. Cerrone – Ferguson wins through doctor stoppage from eye injury and knockout