The UFC will be making its return to network television.
On January 16, UFC Fight Island 7 will take place in Abu Dhabi. In the main event, former UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway will share the Octagon with Calvin Kattar. Twitter user DonKingLV was the first to report that the UFC will be making its debut on ABC. ESPN has confirmed the report and announced that the main card for UFC Fight Island 7 will air on ABC.
Here is what Burke Magnus, the Executive Vice President of Programming and Original Content for ESPN, had to say in the press release.
“We are excited to collaborate with ABC to televise the first UFC event of 2021, and the first-ever live UFC event on the ABC network. UFC FIGHT ISLAND has captured the excitement and imagination of sports fans worldwide and what better way to start the year than by simulcasting the main card of UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar on ESPN+ and ABC.”
The main card will air live at 3 p.m. ET. Fight fans can catch the prelims at noon on ESPN+.
Here is how the UFC Fight Island 7 card stacks up.
UFC Fight Island 7 Card
Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar
Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang
Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese
Carlos Felipe vs. Justin Tafa
Joaquin Buckley vs. Alessio Di Chirico
Jacob Kilburn vs. Austin Lingo
David Zawada vs. Ramazan Emeev
Warlley Alves vs. Christian Aguilera
Phil Hawes vs. Nassourdine Imavov
Wu Yanan vs. Bethe Correia
Nik Lentz vs. Mike Grundy