After a rapid explosion of events in May that saw three events in a single week, the UFC is back in full swing for June with one event per week for the entire month. Don’t be overly hopeful about the power of the stars on the cards.
In many ways, a lack of clout at the height of June’s events is understandable. The UFC was not even sure that it could continue to move forward after their first return to the country of Jacksonville, Florida. UFC President Dana White admitted that a large part of the reservation for all these events which took place in a few weeks had been settled on Tuesday 19 May. It is not surprising that fighters at the top of the division want to have enough time and advance notice to prepare for the fights that define their careers. We would be shocked to see marquee names appearing until UFC 251 in July, if not their August PPV offer.
But people were still quite disappointed that nothing more juicy was added to the top of the next UFC 250 on the menu. And then we learned that the June 13 UFC Fight Night 176 card would be featured in a flyweight fight between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo.
The UFC knows that we, the quarantined combat fans, are so desperate for the action that they looked us in the eyes and with a straight face, told us without a hat Jessica Eye vs Cynthia Calvillo will be the title of ” a UFC combat card.
– MacMally (@MacMallyMMA) May 24, 2020
Dustin Poirier versus Dan Hooker for June 27 is great (if they sign it). But while there is definitely red meat on the cards in June for hardcore fans, the expected concentration of stars on the cards as the UFC “catches up” with its calendar never materialized. As the UFC is the only game in town, this may not be as much of a problem. But we certainly noticed the big drop in attention between the UFC 249 and the Fight Nights bit by bit.
Let’s see what the UFCs have booked so far in June and July.
UFC 250 (June 6)
Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer (women’s featherweight title fight)
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen
Raphael Assucao versus Cody Garbrandt
Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin
Jussier Formiga against Alex Perez
Ian Heinish vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo
Alex Caceres vs. Chase Hooper
Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark
Sean O’Malley vs. Eddie Wineland
UFC Fight Night 176 (June 13)
Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Andre Fili against Charles Jourdain
Marvin Vettori vs. Karl Roberson
Julia Avila vs. Karol Rosa
Ariane Lipski vs. Luana Carolina
Jordan Espinosa vs. Mark De La Rosa
Mariya Agapova against Melissa Gatto
UFC Fight Night 177 (June 20)
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Lauren Murphy
Frank Camacho vs. Matt Frevola
Josh Emmett vs. Shane Burgos
Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Raquel Pennington vs. Marion Reneau
Tecia Torres against Brianna van Buren
Cortney Casey vs. Gillian Robertson
Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Oskar Peichota
UFC on ESPN 10 (June 27)
Dustin Poirier versus Dan Hooker
Gian Villante vs. Maurice Green
Aspen Ladd vs. Sara McMann
Alexa Grasso vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Jennifer Maia vs. Viviane Araujo
UFC 251 (July 11)
Frankie Edgar vs. Pendro Munhoz
Paige VanZant against Amanda Ribas
Shamil Abdurakhimov against Ciryl Gane
UFC on ESPN 11 (July 18)
Joseph Benavidez against Deiveson Figueiredo 2 (fight for the flyweight title)
Alexandre Pantoja against Askar Askarov