UFC 267 could break away from the typical Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) model in favor of a network television slot on ABC, according to UFC President, Dana White.
White revealed that UFC 267 — which takes place on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — will take place in the morning and afternoon in North America, per TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. In addition, UFC’s boss hopes to have the event air on ABC. The promotion previously held its inaugural UFC on ABC card from “Fight Island” on Jan. 16, 2021, when Max Holloway fought Calvin Kattar (watch highlights). This would mark the first time that UFC would air a PPV card on the network.
Per Dana White, the hope is to have UFC 267 air on ABC.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) August 3, 2021
The card will take place in the morning/afternoon in North America and take place in prime time locally in Abu Dhabi.
One of the rare occasions the UFC broadcasted a traditional numbered event on television was UFC 138 in Nov. 2011. It was headlined by Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz and aired via tape delay on Spike TV.
UFC 267 is headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight title fight that will pit division champion Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira. A UFC Bantamweight title rematch is expected to serve as the co-main event as Aljamain Sterling defends his belt against former champion Petr Yan. Other notable fights planned for the card include Islam Makhachev vs. Rafael dos Anjos and Li Jingliang vs. Khamzat Chimaev.
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