How Long is a UFC Fight Night? | Easily Explained
UFC cards can fluctuate in how long they last depending on what type of UFC event it is, and how many finishes are in a card.
In this page, we will explain how long a UFC Fight Night is on average, how long the prelim portion of the card takes, how long the main card takes, and what you can expect when watching a UFC Fight Night.
Table of Contents
- How Long is a UFC Fight Night?
- How Many Preliminary Fights?
- How Many Main Card Fights?
- How Long Do UFC Fights Last?
How Long is a UFC Fight Night?
A UFC Fight Night from start to finish typically lasts around 6 hours.
A Fight Night consists of a preliminary card and a main card.
In the January UFC Fight Night card of Calvin Kattar vs Giga Chikadze, the preliminary fights began at 5 pm and the last fight of the main card ended around 10:45 pm, a total of 6 hours.
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How long the Fight Night lasts ultimately depends on how many fights there are , and whether fights end quickly, or if they go the distance.
If a scheduled 15 minute fight, does not last 15 minutes due to a fighter submitting or knocking out his opponent, the card will go by much faster.
As soon as a fight ends, the next fight begins shortly after.
For perspective, the Kattar vs Chikadze card had a total of 10 fights for the night.
How Many Preliminary Fights?
In Kattar vs Chikadze's Preliminary card, there were a total of 4 fights.
All 4 fights were won via decision, which means all 4 fights went as long as they possibly could.
The preliminary card lasted 2 hours in total.
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4 fights going the distance resulted in 72 minutes of official fight time. If any of those fights had resulted in a finish, it could have been a 1/4th as long.
How Many Main Card Fights?
In Kattar vs Chikadze's Main card, there were a total of 6 fights.
The main card lasted a total of 4 hours.
4 of those fights resulted in a decision, and one fight was stopped by submission in round 1, and another was stopped by TKO in round 1.
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How Long Do UFC Fights Last?
UFC Fights can last 15 minutes to 25 minutes, but it can end much quicker if a fighter is able to finish their opponent.
Regular fights are made up of 3 rounds, and 5 minutes in each round (15 minutes).
Championship & Main Event fights are made up of 5 rounds, and 5 minutes in each round (25 minutes).
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