UFC Releases Schedule for First Quarter 2019

UFC 206 venue
Toronto's Air Canada Centre, prior to UFC 206 Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

The UFC will be back in New York City before long, as the promotion revealed it’s Q1 2019 schedule on Saturday night.

The UFC has unveiled its schedule for the first quarter of 2019, as promised. Just a week after David Shaw, Senior Vice President of International and Content, suggested the schedule would be available soon, the promotion has released dates up to the end of March.

2019, of course, will see the UFC leave longtime broadcast partner FOX, and embark on a journey with ESPN. The promotion has long coveted the legitimacy the sports leader can bring, but it will be interesting to see how fans react to so many shows being broadcast via the network’s streaming service, ESPN+.

Coming off Saturday’s return to New York with UFC 230, it won’t be long before the promotion returns to the area, with the first card of the year coming in Brooklyn on January 19. A previously revealed date in Anaheim follows. That would be UFC 233, which will see the organization go head-to-head with rival Bellator. The Viacom-backed number two MMA promotion hosts a show that same night just down the road at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.

While UFC 234 has not been given a location, it’s possible the promotion could return to Australia with that card.

The breakdown looks as follows:

Jan 19 ESPN+ – Brooklyn
Jan 26 UFC 233 PPV – Anaheim

Feb 2 ESPN+ – Brazil
Feb 9 UFC 234 PPV
Feb 17 ESPN – Phoenix, AZ
Feb 23 ESPN+

Mar 2 UFC 235 PPV – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 9 ESPN+
Mar 16 ESPN+ – London, England
Mar 23 ESPN+
Mar 30 ESPN

Locations and venues for multiple dates have yet to be announced. Interesting in particular are the five events in March, making that a very busy month for the promotion.