UFC has rolled right back into the action in 2021. After what can be called nothing short of a massive success in 2020 under incredibly difficult circumstances, UFC hasn’t missed a beat in the time since the pandemic started with big fight after big fight throughout the year. The first six months of the new year have been no different.
We’ve seen new champions crowned, current titleholders turn back challengers and a pair of non-title main events steal the show on PPV. Dustin Poirier got revenge against Conor McGregor in January with a second-round TKO after the Irishman won the first meeting in 2014. Then in July, Poirier was on his way to winning the first round of the trilogy when McGregor’s leg snapped underneath him. The two, along with Dana White, have already said a fourth fight will likely happen.
Plus, Alexander Volkanovski reminded why he may be one of the best featherweights of all time with a wild win over Brian Ortega that saw the champ need to escape multiple submission attempts. And 42-year-old Glover Teixeira joined elite company with his second-round submission of Jan Blachowicz to claim the light heavyweight title, becoming the oldest first-time champ in promotional history.
Then in November, a pair of champions retained their titles in tactical brawls. Kamaru Usman took home his second win over Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 268 with a unanimous decision. And Rose Namajunas earned a split decision win over Weili Zhang to keep hold of her spot atop the women’s strawweight division.
There’s only three events left to close out 2021 and UFC is doing so with a bang. First up is a major clash at 135 pounds when former featherweight champion Jose Aldo continues his quest through the bantamweight division against rising contender Rob Font. Aldo, 35, is 2-2 since moving down in weight but has picked up his two victories in his last two trips to the Octagon. Font, meanwhile, has ripped off four straight wins and is 5-1 since 2018.
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||Dec. 4||Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo||Bantamweight||Las Vegas||ESPN+|
|UFC 269||Dec. 11||Charles Oliveira (c) vs. Dustin Poirier||Lightweight title||Las Vegas||ESPN+ PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||Dec. 18||Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus||Heavyweight||Las Vegas||ESPN+|