Why Does the UFC Have Numbers in Their Events? | Explained

The UFC holds events almost weekly, but some events have numbers and others don't.

In this page we will cover why the UFC has numbers in certain events, and which events they don't have numbers for.

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Why Does the UFC Have Numbers in Their Events?

The number behind a UFC event simply signifies how many Pay Per View events have been held in the history of the UFC. The first PPV UFC event was labeled as UFC 1 in 1993, and almost 30 years later the UFC is nearing their 300th Pay Per View.

ufc 200 poster

Every 100 PPV events, the UFC has gone through tremendous lengths to promote their event and longevity of the company.

The UFC ensures that they load up these card with the biggest fights that can be made at the time.

Some of the Fighters in the UFC 100 Event:

  • George St-Pierre
  • Michael Bisping
  • Dan Henderson
  • Jon Fitch

Some of the Fighters in the UFC 200 Event:

  • Brock Lesnar
  • Amanda Nunes
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Anderson Silva
  • Mark Hunt
  • Jose Aldo
  • Frankie Edgar
  • Cain Velasquez

Jon Jones was scheduled to fight against Cormier for the second time, but Jones was pulled from the fight due to a USADA anti-doping violation.

Events Without Numbers

The UFC has over 600 fighters on their roster, which means they have to consistently have events in order to give them fights.

Other types of events that aren't on Pay Per View, and therefore don't have numbers include:

  • UFC Fight Night: Fighter A's Last Name vs Fighter B's Last Name
  • Dana White's Contender Series

UFC event names