UFC Rio Rancho Officially Announced for February 15, 2020

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UFC octagon, Vancouver, 2019 Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Heading to New Mexico once again after an absence of almost six years, the UFC will host a Fight Night card in Rio Rancho on February 15, 2020.

The UFC is set to return to New Mexico for the first time since 2014, while making their debut in the city of Rio Rancho. On Monday, the promotion officially announced a Fight Night event for the city on February 15, 2020. While no fights were announced for the card, MMA Junkie was first to report the news that Montana De La Rosa vs. Mara Romero Borella had been booked for the show.

The last time the UFC headed to New Mexico, it was for UFC Fight Night 42 in 2014, a card headlined by Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov. That show, in Albuquerque, NM, remains the promotion’s one and only trip to the state known as the Land of Enchantment.

The promotion’s return to New Mexico figures to have a much different look, not only because the show will be airing on ESPN+ stateside. A number of top fighters on that 2014 card are no longer with the company, including Henderson (Bellator), Ross Pearson, Bryan Caraway, Erik Perez, and others.

UFC Rio Rancho will take place at the Santa Ana Star Center on February 15. Expect fight announcements to begin trickling out in the coming weeks. Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, December 20.