Since 1993, numbered Ultimate Fighting Championship events have drawn crowds all across the globe, from Brazil to Japan, transcending cultural boundaries with blood, bruises and a highly unique style of competition. As the years have gone by, the UFC’s global presence has only expanded, leading them to sell out huge stadiums in corners of the world where you’d least expect it. Five continents have hosted numbered UFC events over the years, growing the mass appeal of UFC and providing an endless source of entertainment that doesn’t need subtitles to be understood.
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Historically, North America has seen UFC’s most substantial fan base, with the majority of fights held in a number of venues all over the United States. Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Sacramento, Birmingham – you never know where to expect the next U.S. fight. The UFC has also visited Mexico and Canada, packing impressive crowds into stadiums in the French province of Quebec as well as the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City.
Brazil has seen its fair share of Fight Nights and Ultimate Fighter events, but has also seen a total of 7 UFC numbered events over the years. South American fans of the MMA fighting style can look forward to March 2016, when UFC 197 will be held in Rio de Janeiro!
UFC’s numbered events made their debut in Europe in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, eventually reaching Ireland and even Germany in 2010! The UFC’s clout in Ireland has grown substantially in the past few years due to the rise of polarizing Irish superstar fighter Conor “The Notorious” McGregor. You can bet that the huge fan base behind him, Irish and otherwise, will be cheering him on at UFC 194 in Las Vegas!
When the UFC first held a numbered event in Japan, everyone was partying like it was 1999…because it was 1999. After three events and 12-year drought, the UFC made its way back to Japan in 2012 and just recently held Fight Night there. As for the United Arab Emirates, its sole fight in Abu Dhabi was the first of its kind in the Middle East and was also the first UFC event held outdoors in an open-air arena.
Ultimate Fighting Championship numbered events have been seen twice in Sydney, packing the Acer Arena at just under 20,000 attendees. While cagefighting had been banned in the Australian state of Victoria for years, that ban was recently overturned, setting the stage for UFC 193 in Melbourne on November 14th. UFC 193 is slated to be Australia’s biggest ever fight card, featuring not just one, but two title fights among women!
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As the UFC continues to propel its footprint across the globe, we can expect to see more talent from all over emerging to compete in this blended style of fighting. Its global appeal and expansion have been staggering thus far, and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Take a trip to Melbourne, Australia to witness Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey face Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm in UFC 193, or watch Conor “The Notorious” McGregor battle it out with Jose “Junior” Aldo at UFC 194 in Las Vegas – or do both! Whichever you choose, though, do it in style. UFC VIP Experience offers Official Ticket Packages with VIP access, exclusive tours, unobstructed views of the Octagon and much more!