UFC Set to Return to the Barclays Center in New York for the First Time Since 2019 With UFC 273

Published 12/31/2021, 7:30 AM EST


The world’s biggest MMA promotion, UFC is targeting Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. as a venue for UFC 273 expected to take place on April 9, 2022.

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Plans can change because of the ongoing pandemic, but right now the promotion is looking to go back to Brooklyn. If the venue is confirmed, it will be the first time in over three years that they do so. There has been no formal announcement from the promotion regarding it yet.

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The last event that took place at the Barclays Center was UFC Fight Night 143, back in 2019. It saw Henry Cejudo defend his flyweight title against the then-bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, dominantly. He won via TKO in the first round and vacated the title after the fight.

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The first-ever UFC event held at the Barclays Center was in 2017. Germaine de Randamie defeated Holly Holm to claim the inaugural women’s featherweight title in the main event. The last event held at the venue was UFC 223, where Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta to become the lightweight champion.

UFC has put together the card for the event and would look to lock in the venue as soon as possible.

Irene Aldana vs. Aspen Ladd booked for UFC 273

UFC has announced the first fight for UFC 273 on April 9. Two top contenders in the women’s bantamweight division will go head-to-head and look to push for a title shot with a win.

Irene Aldana (13-6) is coming off an impressive and dominant win over Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 264. ‘Robles’ is ranked number 3 in the division and has won six of her last eight fights. If she stops Ladd, a title shot might be next for her.

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Ladd is coming off a loss in her last fight. She took on Norma Dumont in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 195. It was a lackluster performance from the number 4 ranked women’s bantamweight. She also faced controversy because of her coaching between the rounds. Ladd is 1-2 in her last three fights and would want to get back to winning ways.

What do you think of the promotion going back to the Barclays Center? What are your predictions for Ladd vs. Aldana? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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