Dana White Confirms Triple-Header for UFC’s Return to Fight Island

Published 12/22/2020, 1:52 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 02: UFC President Dana White holds the UFC Legacy championship belt during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


2020 is about to end after bringing unprecedented success to the UFC. Despite a global pandemic, the promotion has continued to move forward. A large credit of the same goes to the idea of Fight Island that intrigues fans around the world. As per the Instagram story of Dana White, the UFC is returning to the same location to kick-start 2021 as well.

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After winding up the last event of 2020, the UFC has taken a short breather and will return with a triple-header week in January. The first event of the same will take place on Jan 16. A featherweight fight between former champion Max Holloway and rising contender Calvin Kattar will headline the event.

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The following Wednesday, the UFC will quickly return to action with a card headlined by Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev. The final event of this relatively shorter run on Fight Island will witness the return of Conor McGregor as he faces former lightweight contender Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

Dana White will hope that 2021 surpasses the achievements of 2020

The year 2020 was full of ups and downs for the UFC and Dana White. He received a lot of criticism for pushing forward with his events in a time when all other major leagues had shut down. However, steadfast in his decision as ever, the UFC supremo has taken pride in not listening to the media. He did the same this year.

From the return in Jacksonville in May to multiple trips to Fight Island, the UFC’s popularity reached a new level altogether. Amidst all this, the promotion conducted around 27,000 COVID-19 tests with a positivity rate of less than one percent.

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Given the dawn of a new year, White and the UFC will hope to scale newer levels of success. They have arguably the biggest star in the sport’s history, headlining their first PPV next year. If things go according to plan for ‘The Notorious One’ there are high chances that he may fight multiple times next year.

On top of it, there are other major potential huge fights possible for this year with Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight and Israel Adesanya aiming to capture a second belt. Despite the uncertainty of the current times, it is almost certain that the UFC will put up good fights one weekend after the other in 2021.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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