We haven’t got any big announcements for UFC 219 to close out 2017, but we are just now getting some previews of what early 2018 is going to look like. Earlier today, Vitor Belfort announced a fight with Uriah Hall for UFC Fight Night 124 for Januaray 14th. Today Combate.com reported that the UFC will also schedule UFC 220 for January 20th, UFC 221 is slated for February 10th in Brooklyn, and UFC 222 takes place on March 3rd.
The glaring date missing that everyone will be talking about is March 17th, which is St. Patrick’s day. Before Tony Ferguson’s name was uttered, Conor McGregor’s coach expressed his idea to have McGregor defend his UFC lightweight title against Nate Diaz on the date. No matter who he fights, having McGregor potentially return to the UFC on the holiday is a no-brainer.
It could easily mean the date has not been set yet, after all the above dates are not confirmed, but this may mean McGregor could fight in the Octagon before March 17th. Conor McGregor could draw in a huge crowd in Brooklyn, New York. However, you have to think the UFC will push for McGregor’s next fight to be in Vegas. Either way, we’ll keep you updated on any breaking announcements.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/19/2017.