1 – UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal
UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the UFC that took place on April 24, 2021. At VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
The promotion had initially planned to hold the event in Singapore. However, negotiations with the Singaporean government fizzled amongst COVID-19 protocols. And the promotion initially turned to their home base of Las Vegas. On March 15, president Dana White announced the event would be moved to Jacksonville, Florida. With a full capacity of “15,000 fans”, marking the first time since UFC 248 in March 2020. (the organization hosted a trio of events in Abu Dhabi in January with a limited number of fans). Jacksonville also hosted the UFC’s first fights back after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. Before the organization started hosting events in either Las Vegas or Abu Dhabi.
2 – UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2
UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on January 24, 2021, at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
A lightweight rematch between former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and former interim champion Dustin Poirier headlined this event. They met previously in a featherweight bout at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014, where McGregor won by first-round TKO.
3 – UFC 259: Blachowicz vs Adesanya
UFC 259: Błachowicz vs. Adesanya was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on March 6, 2021, at the Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States
The event was headlined by a UC Light Heavyweight Championship bout. Between current champion Jan Błachowicz and current Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya. If successful, Adesanya would become the fourth man to be champion in two divisions simultaneously. And fifth fighter overall. (after Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo). As well as the eighth person overall to win a title in different divisions. This was the sixth time in promotion history that champions in different divisions fought for the same title. Following UFC 94, 205, 226, 232, and Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. Former title challenger Glover Teixeira served as backup and a potential replacement for this fight.
4 – UFC on ABC 1: Holloway vs Kattar
UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. That took place on January 16, 2021, at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The main card honored the first time a mixed martial arts event was broadcast on ABC. It also meant the UFC’s first return to network television since Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 was broadcast on Fox in December 2018.
After hosting nine events behind closed doors at the du Forum amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The promotion made its debut at the newly built Etihad Arena. A limited number of fans were allowed inside the venue. Marking the first time since UFC 248 in March 2020 that non-essential event personnel was in attendance. The venue has a maximum capacity of over 18,000. But the promotion is expected to have closer to 2,000 fans for each of Fight Island’s events during the week.
A featherweight bout between former Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar served as the event headliner.
5 – UFC 262: Oliveira vs Chandler
UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler was a mixed martial arts event produced by the UFC. It took place on May 15, 2021, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States.
A Lightweight Championship bout for the vacant title between former three-time Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira headlined the event. Former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement immediately after defending his title at UFC 254. Citing his father’s death from complications related to COVID-19 in July is the main reason behind it. Despite his announcement, President Dana White said several times that he believed Nurmagomedov would still fight again. White finally conceded on March 19 as he confirmed Nurmagomedov’s retirement.