The UFC’s first trip to Paris is official.
On Thursday, promotion officials announced on social media what had long been talked about: for the first time, the UFC will visit France. The Fight Night event will take place September 3, 2022 at the Accor Arena in Paris. Cageside Press first reported the venue, as well as the on-sale date of June 24, on Wednesday.
First Time Ever!! The Octagon lands at #UFCParis on Sept 3! 🇫🇷
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— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) May 19, 2022
No fights have been announced for the UFC Paris card. However, it has widely been reported that both Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa, and Robert Whittaker vs. Marvin Vettori, are being targeted for the event.
The UFC’s first visit to the European nation comes more than two years after the sport of mixed martial arts was legalized in the country. MMA became legal in France in January 2020, after years of being one of the last holdouts in terms of legalizing the sport. The UFC’s biggest rival, Bellator MMA, would run a show in Paris that year, with limited capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They returned earlier this month, with restrictions on gathering size lifted.
In March, UFC President Dana White told Cageside Press during the UFC London post-fight press conference that the promotion was “definitely” going to France this year.