When is the first UFC fight of 2022?

Find out where and when the first UFC event of 2022 will take place.

The UFC’s event schedule is nearing its end in 2021, as Derrick Lewis will face Chris Daukas in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 Saturday night. The card is the last UFC event of 2021, and as is per routine, the promotion will take a dead period of about a month following its conclusion.

2021 saw a lot of shifts and changes for the UFC, especially when it came to its champions. Charles Oliveira became the new undisputed lightweight champion in May, while Julianna Peña shocked the world by upsetting Amanda Nunes in the co-main event of UFC 269 via second-round rear-naked choke. Fans also saw the return of full capacity crowds into arenas, along with the return of Conor McGregor for UFC 264 against Dustin Poirier.

In addition, the promotion saw the emergence of a plethora of prospects that were signed to the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series, plus the return of TUF after a three-year absence from fans’ television screens.

The 2021 schedule was jam-packed, which also included a 10-week stretch of UFC events from mid-September to mid-November, giving fans plenty of fights to watch and catch-up on.

It’s safe to say that 2022 will provide more of the same weekly fight doses, as is per routine with the UFC.

When will the UFC resume its schedule?

The schedule will resume in mid-January 2022, as the promotion will remain at the UFC APEX for UFC Vegas 46 when Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze meet in a critical featherweight bout as the night’s headliner. The event is currently scheduled to take place Jan. 15 and is set for 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and will air exclusively on ESPN+.

While the card has not been finalized, here are the announced bouts at press time.

UFC Vegas 46 line-up so far:

  •  Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze
  • Bill Algeo vs. Joanderson Brito
  •  Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Court McGee
  • Saidyokub Kakhramonov vs. Brian Kelleher
  • Zarrukh Adashev vs. Kleydson Rodrigues
  • Rogerio Bontorin vs. Brandon Royval
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia
  • Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Joaquin Buckley
  • Jake Collier vs. Chase Sherman
  • Viacheslav Borshchev vs. Dakota Bush
  • Michel Pereira vs. Muslim Salikhov

Published at Mon, 20 Dec 2021 22:36:30 +0000

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