We are a mere 6 weeks into 2017, and for the MMA calendar we are just getting under way. The year started off a bit bumpy to an extent for the UFC as they have already cancelled two events from their schedule; a January 21st Pay-Per-View, and a March 3rd UFC Fight Pass card.
Despite the cancellations, the UFC has no plans of scaling back their number of events this year. As per MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC’s 2017 schedule is set to include a total of 41 events, matching the promotion’s total from each of the past 2 years.
So how exactly do those 41 events breakdown?
- 13 Pay-Per-Views (11 in United States, 1 in Canada, 1 in Brazil).
- Four “big” FOX shows.
- 16 FS1 “Fight Night” events.
- Two TUF Finales.
- Six Fight Pass cards.
- Events by region: United States (23), Canada (3), Latin America (2), Brazil (3), Asia (3), Australia (2), Europe/Middle East/Africa (5).
An interesting note in the number of PPV events, as that in past years we have typically seen one month with 2 PPV events. This year however, the January event was cancelled. That leaves 11 months to fill 13 Pay-Per-View commitments.
Additional news confirmed by Helwani in the report:
- UFC on FOX 24 is currently scheduled to take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO on April 15, which would mark the promotion’s debut in Kansas City.
- UFC 212 is currently scheduled to take place June 3 in Brazil.
- Once again, the UFC are planning to hold three-straight events during International Fight Week in Las Vegas: July 6 on Fight Pass, July 7 on FS1 (TUF Finale) and July 8 would be UFC 213 on pay-per-view.
- The promotion is currently targeting Canada for UFC 216 on Sept. 9.
- The year-end show, UFC 220, is currently scheduled for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
The UFC has come under fire a bit as many feel as though introducing new titles and interim titles was a necessary reaction to fill fight cards with meaningful fights.
41 events, with an average of about 12 fights per event, puts the fight total at just shy of 500 for the year. Mick Maynard is definitely going to have his hands full in 2017.