International Fight Week has long stood out as the biggest event on the UFC’s annual calendar, packed to the edges with blockbuster fights, Hall of Fame inductions, amazing fan experiences like meet-and-greets and parties, and lots more.
While this fun-filled week was unfortunately canceled in 2020 and booted from its usual July spot in 2021, the good news is that it’s going to happen this year after all.
The event, which was just announced, is still over a month away, so some details are yet to be ironed out, but here’s what we know about it so far:
Everything We Know So Far About UFC International Fight Week 2021
When is UFC International Fight Week 2021?
UFC International Fight Week typically goes down in July, but thanks to the strains of the pandemic, this year’s event will go down from Tuesday, September 21 to Saturday, September 25.
Where is UFC International Fight Week 2021?
UFC International Fight Week 2021 will emanate from the UFC’s hometown of Las Vegas. Events will be spread between the T-Mobile Arena, the promotion’s Apex facility, and other venues around the city.
Who’s Fighting at UFC International Fight Week 2021?
International Fight Week 2021 will be topped by UFC 266: a blockbuster pay-per-view event featuring two title fights a long list of other exciting matchups.
The main event will see UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski attempt to defend his title against top-ranked contender Brian Ortega. In the co-main event, women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will take on streaking challenger Lauren Murphy. The card will also include the return of fan favorite welterweight star Nick Diaz, who takes on the division’s former champion Robbie Lawler in an anticipated rematch, and a heavyweight contender showdown between Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
See the current lineup for UFC 266 below (lineup is subject to change):
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy
- Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
- Uros Medic vs. Jalin Turner
- Merab Dvalishvili vs. Marlon Moraes
- Roxanne Modafferi vs. Tatiana Suarez
- Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
In past years, International Fight Week has featured multiple fight cards. While no other cards have been announced for the event this year, we will be sure to update this article if anything else is revealed.
In addition to the fights listed above, International Fight Week will also feature the latest inductions into the UFC Hall of Fame, meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and lots more.
How Can You Get Tickets for UFC International Fight Week 2021?
Tickets for UFC 266, the main attraction of this year’s International Fight Week, have not yet gone on sale. However, you can gain access to a pre-sale code here.
In past years, many of the fan experiences included in International Fight Week have been free to the public. It’s not clear if that will be the case this year, but we’ll update this article as new information becomes available!