In the world of mixed martial arts, one league is above all others, and that's the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Even people who are not interested in competitive MMA know the UFC, and the star power of fighters like Conor McGregor and Jon Jones now extends far outside the octagon. Online streaming services – especially ESPN + – have also made it easy for UFC fans to enjoy all the action online, from live events and pay-per-views to reruns, post-fight analysis, interviews, press conferences and much more.
Under normal circumstances, the UFC hosts events and large monthly pay-per-view shows almost every Saturday. While transportation started in early 2020, the ongoing public health crisis caused UFC 249 and other scheduled events to be postponed in April. With this announcement, UFC CEO Dana White promised to do everything possible to get the fighters back into the octagon as quickly as possible, and even worked with the United Arab Emirates to develop a private "battle island" in Abu Dhabi as the venue for future games. The first big event on Fight Island is UFC 251.
White has kept that promise and UFC's bloody action is now officially resumed. Below is an overview of UFC 251 schedule expectations, a list of fighters to keep an eye on, and a quick guide on how to see UFC with ESPN +. We will add new information as it becomes available. So keep looking for the latest planning updates.
As you can see UFC
You can track most UFC events with any service (cable, satellite, or streaming) that includes ESPN channels. However, ESPN + is by far the best way to access everything – and it's the only way to watch UFC pay-per-view events. These PPVs are the ones you don't want to miss: So far we've seen MMA legends Conor McGregor and Jon Jones step back into the octagon for 2020, and more great things are coming to market later this year.
ESPN + is a premium streaming service that the sports broadcaster started in early 2018. Sports content tends to be subject to stricter regional restrictions than other media types. This is one of the reasons why ESPN took part in the streaming revolution more slowly than others. Now that ESPN + is here, it has become a must for fans of MMA, boxing and all sorts of other sports like Major League Soccer.
Your ESPN + subscription gives you access to live games and matches, on-demand content before and after the event, exclusive shows like the Dana White Contender series, and much more that you can do with ESPN in your computer -Web browser or app can enjoy on your mobile device. It's also pretty cheap at just $ 5 a month or $ 50 a year (a better deal), but if you're looking for a bigger streaming package, the best value is easyfor only $ 13 a month.
UFC 2020 schedule and results
UFC President Dana White greets Francis Ngannou of Cameroon during the official weighing of UFC 249 on May 8, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Mike Roach / Zuffa LLC / Getty Images
UFC 246: Conor McGregor defeats Donald Cerrone
UFC kicked off in 2020 with its first pay-per-view event of the year, when MMA all-star Conor McGregor finally returned to the Octagon on January 18 after a 15-month hiatus for UFC 246. It was an achievement worthy of McGregor's pedigree, with "The Notorious" defeating Donald Cerrone in only 40 seconds in the first round.
UFC 247: Jon Jones defeats Dominick Reyes
Another UFC star, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, celebrated an impressive win in February. Jones successfully defended his title against undefeated challenger Dominick Reyes and gave Reyes his first loss by unanimous decision.
UFC 248: Israel Adesanya defeats Yoel Romero
Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight title belt at UFC 248 in Las Vegas for the first time on March 7th. As predicted, Adesanya remained undefeated, but he did so in a rather lackluster performance. The match against Yoel Romero went without much excitement.
UFC 249: Justin Gaethje (instead of Khabib Nurmagomedov) defeats Tony Ferguson in TKO
Fans who haven't had live sports for weeks are looking for an action-packed fight, and that's exactly what they got. Justin Gaethje, an entry for Khabib Nurmagomedov, defeated Tony Ferguson with a TKO at 3:39 in the fifth round. The UFC 249 victory in Jacksonville, Florida on May 9 gives him the tentative lightweight title. Gaethje is now hoping for a shot at 28-0 Nurmagomedov. Henry Cejudo, originally intended for UFC 250, also came across the UFC 249 main card and successfully defended his title against Dominick Cruz (instead of Jose Aldo).
UFC 250: Amanda Nunes defeats Felicia Spencer
MMA fans were spoiled with another title fight on June 6th. Master Amanda "Lioness" Nunes (20-4), who holds the women's bantamweight and featherweight belts and is the top ranked fighter in the UFC, defeated Canada's Felicia "Feenom" Spencer (8-2) for her women's featherweight belt To defend . This victory made Nunes the first UFC fighter to successfully defend two titles at the same time.
UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
UFC 251 will be the first major UFC event to (finally) take place on the mysterious "Fight Island" about which Dana White has – until now – given little detail. Fight Island is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The main event is the welterweight title fight between Master Kamaru Usman (16-1) and Jorge Masvidal (35-0). Usman was originally supposed to play Gilbert Burns, but the fight was canceled because Burns signed COVID-19. Masvidal was brought in as a replacement. Alex Volkanovski and Max Holloway will also compete in a featherweight title rematch. The event is scheduled for July 11th.
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UFC 252: Stipe Miocic against Daniel Cormier
The next pay-per-view event according to UFC 251 will take place on August 15. The two-time and current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic meets the former champion Daniel Cormier. This is the third time that these two fighters have faced each other in the Octagon: Cormier won Miocic's heavyweight title for the first time at UFC 226 in 2018, but Miocic regained his belt at UFC 241 last year with a second leg win against Cormier. UFC 252 will serve as a trilogy fight and decide once and for all which of these fighters is the true heavyweight champion.
Complete UFC 2020 schedule for upcoming fights
|July 11th||10 p.m. ET||UFC 251||Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal|
|15th of July||10 p.m. ET||UFC fight night||Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige|
|July 18||9 p.m. ET||UFC fight night||Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez|
|July 25th||11 p.m. ET||UFC fight night||Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till|
UFC fighters to watch out for in 2020
Khabib Nurmagomedov – lightweight champion
Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the few fighters in the UFC who has an undefeated record and a very impressive one with 28 professional victories. The Dagestani-Grappler is the current UFC lightweight champion who won the vacant UFC 223 title when he unanimously defeated Al Iaquinta. Khabib then took a dominant win in defending his title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229, where he forced "The Notorious" to submit with the fourth-round crank. His next fight was UFC 249 against Tony Ferguson on April 18, but he had to resign due to ongoing travel restrictions. Justin Gaethje took his place and defeated Ferguson in a TKO victory on May 9th.
Conor McGregor – Lightweight / Welterweight
Conor McGregor shouldn't need an introduction among UFC fans, and even if you're not that much into MMA, chances are you've heard of him. The exuberant Irish fighter, a light welterweight with a record 22 wins and four losses, most recently defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 after a 15-month hiatus after losing to Khabib at UFC 229. The fans were looking forward to seeing him as he did heavier weight class against a talent like Kamaru Usman would claim, but on June 6, "The Notorious" announced that he would withdraw from the fight. McGregor made a similar announcement in 2019 before returning to the ring. So it is not yet clear whether his second retirement will be permanent.
Jon Jones – Light Heavyweight Champion
Jon Jones is one of the few fighters to be considered unbeaten, even though his official record includes a loss alongside his 26 wins. This "loss" came about through disqualification due to an illegal train, and Jones’s run was not without other controversy: he was stripped of his light heavyweight title after testing positive for an illegal performance-enhancing substance in 2017, but he called for it back the belt at UFC 232 and has defended him since then – most recently against formerly unbeaten Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.
Daniel Cormier – heavyweight
Cormier is one of the top UFC heavyweights with a record 22 wins and two losses, despite fighting in the light heavyweight division from 2014 to 2018. For a while, the American held the light heavyweight and heavyweight championships simultaneously and was the second of four fighters in UFC history to do so. The former champion gave up the light heavyweight belt before returning to the heavyweight division, where he won the title to lose it in his last fight at UFC 241 against Stipe Miocic. Cormier has since stated that his next fight will be his last and he hopes it will be a rematch with Miocic.
Israel Adesanya – middleweight champion
Israel Adesanya is an emerging star in the world of MMA. The Nigerian-born kickboxer (now fighting in New Zealand) can look back on an undefeated professional record of 19 victories. With 14 of them as KOs, one can say with certainty that Adesanya is one of the leading KO artists of the UFC. Adesanya last won his fight on March 7th against UFC star Yoel Romero at UFC 248.
Amanda Nunes – Double Bantamweight / Flyweight Champion
Brazilian-born Amanda Nunes is an incumbent double champion who currently wears both the bantamweight and featherweight title belts – something that should be suitable for the fighter who ranked first in the UFC's pound-for-pound ranking -Woman stands. She has a professional record of 20 wins and four losses, although she hasn't lost a single fight since 2014 and has successfully defended her title for three years. After defeating Felicia Spencer at UFC 250, Nunes was the first fighter to successfully hold and defend two title belts at the same time.
Stipe Miocic – heavyweight champion
Stipe Miocic is currently the reigning UFC heavyweight champion. He is one of only two fighters to beat Daniel Cormier, a victory he won at UFC 241 in 2019 that earned him the title belt (even though he lost his first fight at UFC 226 a year earlier). Unfortunately, Miocic suffered multiple eye stings during his second fight against Cormier and is out of action until some time later this year.
Francis Ngannou – heavyweight
The Cameroonian-French fighter Francis Ngannou is number two in the heavyweight division of the UFC and a talent that has flown somewhat under the radar. His record of 14 wins (10 by knockout) and three losses is impressive. He has had some notable victories, including his last win over Junior dos Santos last June, when he was recognized as the Night's Achievement. Ngannou was scheduled to face Jairzinho Rozenstruik on March 28 until the UFC cancellations put the match on hold. Thankfully, it has been moved to the UFC 249 main card and will now take place on May 9th.
Tony Ferguson – lightweight
Tony Ferguson has been fighting professionally since 2008 and has had one of the most successful MMA careers ever since. The American previously held the preliminary lightweight championship, which he won at UFC 216 in 2017, but was released from the title due to an injury that kept him out of the Octagon for a while. However, Ferguson would have received another title shot almost soon, as he would challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the belt at UFC 249 on April 18. However, Khabib had to withdraw from the event. Justin Gaethje took his place and defeated Ferguson in a TKO victory on May 9th.
Jorge Masvidal – Welterweight
Although the American welterweight Jorge Masvidal is only 35 years old, one can say that it had one of the longest and most impressive runs in MMA history – without ever having a championship belt in hand. At least not an official belt; Last year, UFC President Dana White hosted a special match for a “BMF” belt that Masvidal won by beating Nate Diaz. However, we assume that he will soon get a real title.