The UFC has announced that they will have five straight weeks of events in August that include one pay-per-view, several Fight Nights, and Dana White’s Contender Series.
Following a memorable string of events on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, the UFC has announced the plans to move forward with a five straight weeks of events and the return of the highly lauded Dana White’s Contender Series. All of the events are scheduled to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The UFC sent out a release that the promotion, as of right now, plans to go forward as scheduled with an event every Saturday in the month of August. Two events that are official are UFC Vegas 5 on August 1 headlined by Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan, and UFC 252 on August 15 headlined by the rubber match between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. Several other events for August have been reported by various outlets including Cageside Press, but it appears the UFC is electing not to announced them due to the ever-changing situation nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic. UFC President Dana White has said in recent press conferences that there is genuine concern about the cancellation of events in Las Vegas as the city has shut down several businesses in an attempt to curve the spread of the virus.
August will also mark the beginning of the fourth season of the highly successful summer program Dana White’s Contender Series. Since 2017, the program has become the premiere showcase for up-and-coming fighters looking to earn a contract with the UFC. A fan-favorite and ratings lightening-rod, DWCS has launched the careers of stars such as Sean O’Malley, Macey Barber, Edmen Shahbazyan, and others. The exposure of the show has even helped fighters who did not receive UFC contracts with athletes like Brendan Loughnane and Austin Vanderford quickly being signed quickly by the PFL and Bellator respectively after earning victories on the program.
Look for more news on upcoming events as they are announced.