Why is the UFC Event So Early Today? | Easily Explained

UFC events don't always occur at the same time on every week.

In this page, we will explain why the UFC events are so early at times, and when they're at regular times.

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Why is the UFC Event So Early?

UFC events are on much earlier when it's a UFC Fight Night, or when they're fighting in locations outside of the country such as Abu Dhabi, and most recently, France.

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Out of the 24 UFC Fight Nights in 2022, over half of them (13) began at 7 pm EST, we've broken down the times that each event began below.

In 2022, all UFC PPV events in the United States began at 10 pm EST.

To find out if a UFC event will start early, you'll want to check two things, what type of UFC event it is, and the location of the event.

The UFC does a great job being consistent with start times for most locations, but when the event is being held in a country with a large time difference, you can be sure that the event will be starting earlier in the day.

The easiest way to check everything at once, is by going to the UFC events site, and seeing the details for the event that you're looking for.

Here, you'll be able to see the start time of the event, location, fighters participating in the card, and even filter by upcoming and past events of the year.

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What Time Do Fight Nights Begin?

The main card of the UFC Fight Nights normally begin at 7 pm EST, but can fluctuate earlier as well.

Out of the 24 UFC Fight Nights in 2022, over half of them (13) began at 7 pm.

The rest:

  • 1 began at 2 pm
  • 2 began at 3 pm
  • 2 began at 4 pm
  • 2 began at 9 pm
  • 1 began at 8:30 pm
  • 3 began at 10 pm

2 PM

  • Ortega vs Rodriguez

3 PM

  • Gane vs Tuivasa
  • Blades vs Aspinall

4 PM

  • Volkov vs Rozenstruik
  • Volkov vs Aspinall

7 PM

  • Sandhagen vs Song
  • Dern vs Yan
  • Grasso vs Araujo
  • Vera vs Cruz
  • Kattar vs Emmett
  • Holm vs Vieira
  • Font vs Vera
  • Blaydes vs Daukaus
  • Santos vs Ankalaev
  • Makhachev vs Green
  • Walker vs Hill
  • Hermansson vs Strickland
  • Kattar vs Chikadze

8:30 PM

  • Luque vs Muhammad

9 PM

  • Dos Anjos vs Fiziev
  • Lemos vs Andrade

10 PM

  • Santos vs Hill
  • Tsarukyan vs Gamrot
  • Blachowicz vs Rakic

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UFC Fight Nights at Different Hours

Although Fight Night events that are held in the U.S normally begin at 7 pm, occasionally the start times can be earlier and later.

Recent Fight Night events that didn't begin at 7 pm include:

  • Brian Ortega vs Yair Rodriguez - Began at 2 pm (Was held in New York)
  • Thiago Santos vs Jamahal Hill - Began at 10 pm EST (Despite being held in the APEX)
  • Alexander Volkov vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik - Began at 4 pm EST (Event was held in the APEX)

International Fight Night Begins Earlier

Fight Night events that are held internationally will begin a few hours earlier than the normal time, typically at 3 pm EST.

For the Gane vs Tuivasa UFC Fight Night, the main card began at 3 pm EST, due to it being held in France.

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The Blaydes vs Aspinall UFC Fight Night would also begin at 3 pm EST, as it was being held in the United Kingdom.

What Time Do PPV's in the US Begin?

The main card of US-based Pay Per Views will normally begin at 10 pm EST.

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The only time UFC PPV events do not begin at 10 pm EST, is when they're being held in another country.

Unlike UFC Fight Nights that can fluctuate on start time, US-based PPV events will always begin at the same time.

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