UFC 253 confirmed for return to Fight Island along with four more events; UFC 254 gets early start time

Israel Adesanya | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC is returning to Fight Island. After weeks of speculation, the promotion officially announced plans to return to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi starting with UFC 253 on Sept. 26, which features a middleweight title fight main event as Israel Adesanya takes on Paulo Costa. A new light heavyweight champion will also be crowned that night as Dominick Reyes faces off with Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event for a vacant title. Following UFC 253 on Sept. 6, the next card takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3, a show headlined by former bantamweight champion Holly Holm taking on Irene Aldana in the main event. On Oct. 10, Marlon Moraes faces Cory Sandhagen in a bantamweight main event followed by an event on Oct. 17 featuring the long awaited showdown between featherweights Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The second run on Fight Island will end on Oct. 24 with the highly anticipated lightweight title unification bout as Khabib Nurmagomedov clashes with Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. That card will feature a much earlier start time with the pay-per-view main card kicking off at 2 p.m. ET in the U.S. with the early prelims starting at 10:15 a.m. ET. Here’s the full line up along with start times for the cards as announced by the UFC on Thursday. Sept. 26 — UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa Main Card: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT Late Prelims: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Early Prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT Oct. 3 — UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana Main Card: 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT Prelims: 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT Oct. 10 — UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen Main Card: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Prelims: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT Oct 17. — UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie Main Card: 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Prelims: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT Oct. 24 — UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje Main Card: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT Prelims: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT Early Prelims: 10: 15 a.m. ET/7:15 a.m. PT

UFC 253 confirmed for return to Fight Island along with four more events; UFC 254 gets early start time
Israel Adesanya | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC is returning to Fight Island.

After weeks of speculation, the promotion officially announced plans to return to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi starting with UFC 253 on Sept. 26, which features a middleweight title fight main event as Israel Adesanya takes on Paulo Costa.

A new light heavyweight champion will also be crowned that night as Dominick Reyes faces off with Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event for a vacant title.

Following UFC 253 on Sept. 6, the next card takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3, a show headlined by former bantamweight champion Holly Holm taking on Irene Aldana in the main event.

On Oct. 10, Marlon Moraes faces Cory Sandhagen in a bantamweight main event followed by an event on Oct. 17 featuring the long awaited showdown between featherweights Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

The second run on Fight Island will end on Oct. 24 with the highly anticipated lightweight title unification bout as Khabib Nurmagomedov clashes with Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254.

That card will feature a much earlier start time with the pay-per-view main card kicking off at 2 p.m. ET in the U.S. with the early prelims starting at 10:15 a.m. ET.

Here’s the full line up along with start times for the cards as announced by the UFC on Thursday.

Sept. 26 — UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa

Main Card: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Late Prelims: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Early Prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

Oct. 3 — UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana

Main Card: 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

Prelims: 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT

Oct. 10 — UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen

Main Card: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Prelims: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT

Oct 17. — UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie

Main Card: 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Prelims: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

Oct. 24 —

Main Card: 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

Prelims: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT

Early Prelims: 10: 15 a.m. ET/7:15 a.m. PT

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Judge hedges, but ‘likely’ to certify UFC anti-trust case as class-action lawsuit
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Plaintiffs in the long-running UFC anti-trust lawsuit got more encouraging news on Thursday when the presiding judge said he is “likely” to certify the class of fighters seeking damages from the promotion for anti-competitive practices.

On a Zoom conference call Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware said he had yet to finalize his ruling on class certification, a key step for advancing the high-profile case filed in 2014 that alleges the UFC implemented a scheme to depress fighters’ earnings and impair rivals such as Strikeforce. But on several occasions, he indicated he was “going in that direction” to certify the case as a class-action lawsuit, which would group some 1,200 fighters together against the UFC in court and potentially expose the promotion to far greater monetary damages. Estimates of damages from the plaintiffs have ranged from approximately $800 million to $1.6 billion.

The news was first reported by Sherdog.com editor-at-large Josh Gross via Twitter. A UFC official declined to comment on the hearing. Nate Quarry, one of several fighter plaintiffs in the case, cast it as a good sign for an eventual victory in court.

“We didn’t get the ruling we were hoping for or expecting,” he told MMA Fighting. “But this was a very good day for us. In our opinion, this ruling is so overwhelming. This is more than just the main plaintiffs. This is more than the 1,200 fighters in the class. This will affect the sport of MMA moving forward, and it will directly affect the UFC.

“We think that Boulware, he wants to make sure there’s no one able to question his decision, and having a status call like this, where he said, ‘If the court certifies the bout class, and that’s most likely going to happen,’ and then he said a second time, a third time and a fourth time. He asked [attorneys], ‘Do you have anything else to say about this? Is there any other arguments, or evidence that’s come up, because I’m most likely going to rule in the plaintiffs’ favor.’ And both lawyers said, ‘No.’ I think he really wants to make sure his decision on this cannot be questioned.”

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Attorneys for both sides have fought in court over the past six years to get to the point of certification. This past September, attorneys for the plaintiffs and defense squared off in Las Vegas, seeking to sway Boulware on their interpretation of the UFC’s alleged anti-competitive conduct between December 2010 and June 2017, the period at issue in the lawsuit. In deciding whether fighters had been damaged by the UFC’s alleged conduct, plaintiff expert Hal Singer argued the judge should consider the fighters share of wages relative to the promotion, while defense expert Robert Topel countered that absolute or total wages, which have gone up, should be used.

According to reports from Bloody Elbow’s John Nash and Forbes’ Paul Gift, Singer emerged as the winner in convincing Boulware that his use of wage share and a regression formula to measure damages was valid, while Topel fundamentally agreed with many of the plaintiff’s arguments for measuring the UFC’s monopsony power; a monopsony is a market condition where there is only one buyer who uses that dominance to influence prices, or in this case, fighter purses.

Quarry likened the long court fight to one in his career in the cage.

“I had a fight that was supposed to be a 15-minute first round, which is a really long first round,” he said. “Well, the timekeeper bumped the clock, and we fought for 22 minutes straight. And at 15 minutes, I didn’t just hold up my hands and say, ‘Hey, we should be over by now.’ I waited for the bell to ring. So as far as I’m concerned, the fight’s going to take as long as it’s going to take, because for us, this is personal.”

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