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UFC’s early 2017 slate includes a PPV return to New York via Brooklyn

UFC in Brooklyn (Barclays Center Twitter)

UFC in Brooklyn (Barclays Center Twitter)

The year 2016 has been a historical one for the UFC. Athletes like Conor McGregor, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bisping and Stipe Miocic have helped grow MMA’s popularity. Tonight, the company returns to New York after years of being banned, hosting UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. If 2016 was good to them, 2017 is already shaping up to be an epic year.

While hyping up tonight’s event, the cast of FS1’s UFC Tonight announced the early 2017 schedule for the UFC. The company will make its return to New York sooner rather than later. UFC 209 will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on February 11th.

httpss://twitter.com/barclayscenter/status/796529135262765057

The company will also be back in New York next month for UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany. While the card hasn’t been announced yet, there are rumors that one of the Diaz brothers (Nate or Nick) will fight then. If both of the Stockton, CA brothers were to fight in Brooklyn, that would result in an entertaining evening. Depending on how McGregor’s fight with Eddie Alvarez goes, we may see the trilogy fight against Nate take place in Brooklyn.

Other events coming in 2017 will be UFC 208 in Anaheim, California on January 21st. In an interesting twist, that will run head-to-head against Bellator 170, headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen. The company will return to Las Vegas for UFC 210 on March 4th.  Denver, the venue for UFC 1 (January 12th, 1993), will host UFC on FOX 23 on January 28th.

It will be interesting to see how many New York natives will be included on this card. Chris Weidman started the trend tonight, while the rest of his camp will be watching. Either way, the card is sure to be stacked.  It’s great to see the wait won’t be long for fans of the sport. I know I’m excited (that date just also happens to coincide with my birthday). As time goes on, we may see more events in Brooklyn, which would be great for both the UFC and New York.

Once UFC 205 ends, the road to Brooklyn begins. Get ready!

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