During the UFC 204 press conference, headlined by middleweight champion Michael Bisping and challenger Dan Henderson, Vice President for Public Relations Dave Sholler disclosed the schedule for the remainder of 2016. According to Sholler, the fight promotion company will be holding 19 more events this year, including the upcoming UFC 202.
Also included in the final 20 weeks of the year will be UFC 206 on December 10 in Toronto, which will mark the promotion’s return to the city since UFC 165 in 2013. The news has also further ignited rumors of a Gerorges St-Pierre return to the Octagon.
Another major highlight is the UFC’s first-ever fight at the Garden in New York which will host UFC 205. Recent rumors were of a Woodley title defense against GSP or Nick Diaz, but UFC president Dana White has put a lid on those reports after announcing that he will be pitting the welterweight champion against top contender Stephen Thompson.
The schedule for the remainder of 2016 also sees a UFC Fight Night return to Manila, Philippines, headlined by UFC legend BJ Penn going against Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight match. The October 15 bout will be followed by another Fight Night Card on November 5. The event will be headlined by top lightweight contenders Rafael Dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson in Mexico City.
This will be followed by a double-header on November 19 where the UFC will be debuting in Belfast in Northern Ireland for the first time. Another card will be simultaneously held in Brazil. The following week, another Fight Night card will be held in Melbourne, Australia.
The year will be capped off by UFC 207 as part of the promotion’s annual New Year’s weekend year-ender in Las Vegas.
A complete list of the schedule for the remainder of 2016 can be seen below:
- October 8 – UFC 204: Bisping v. Henderson 2 – Manchester, England
- October 15 – UFC Fight Night: Lamas v. Penn – Manila, Philippines
- November 5 – UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos v. Ferguson – Mexico City, Mexico
- November 12 – UFC 205 – New York City (Madison Square Garden)
- November 19 – UFC Fight Night – Belfast, Northern Ireland and Brazil
- November 26 – UFC Fight Night – Melbourne, Australia
- December 3 – The Ultimate Fighter 25: Finale – Las Vegas
- December 9 – UFC Fight Night – Albany, New York
- December 10 – UFC 206 – Toronto, Canada
- December 17 – FOX 22 – Sacramento
- December 30 – UFC 207 – Las Vegas
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