UFC Fight Night 236 (also known as UFC on ESPN+ 94) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on March 2, 2024, at TBD venue in Saudi Arabia.
UFC will cover new ground in 2024 when the octagon arrives in Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday, the UFC announced that the promotion’s first event in the country will take place March 2 at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. It will not be a pay-per-view event but rather a UFC Fight Night.
No bouts have been announced at this time, but a press release stated matchups will be revealed by UFC CEO Dana White “in the coming months.”
Although it’s the UFC’s debut in Saudi Arabia, it’s not a fresh market for combat sports. Riyadh Season has become a blooming destination for fights and professional wrestling. Jake Paul and Tommy Fury fought there last October, while Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou are set to clash later this month.
This past August, it was announced that Saudi Arabia recently struck a deal to purchase a minority stake in PFL with the intention to bring major MMA fights to the local audience.
Michael Bisping expects Conor McGregor to be in top form when he returns to the UFC.
McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is projected to fight Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA, 18-5 UFC) in early 2024. He has filed paperwork to re-enter the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing pool, which would make him eligible to compete in April after completing the mandatory six-month period of testing.
McGregor will return from a nearly three-year layoff after breaking his leg in July 2021 – an injury that the likes of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman weren’t able to properly rebound from. UFC CEO Dana White questioned McGregor’s desire to compete, but Bisping has an inkling that McGregor will come back strong.
“Call me crazy, I think he’s going to come back and look great,” Bisping said on a recent episode of his “Believe You Me podcast.” “I think that he’s going to be motivated. I think now he has six months to really turn it on. I know Dana came out and was asked about it at a press conference recently and said you know, maybe he hasn’t got that same hunger because he’s a very, very wealthy man. And that’s true. That is definitely a point, and we see him living his flamboyant lifestyle and rightly so. He’s earned that.
“But you’ve got to remember: A guy that can reach the levels that he did, become a two-weight champion, there’s work ethic there, there’s discipline there, and there’s insane natural ability. And a guy that has that, if you give him six months, he can get that back again in my opinion because there’s two things you can’t buy. You can’t buy the UFC lightweight championship of the world, and you can’t buy respect as a fighter. And that’s something he holds dear to his heart.”
McGregor will look to snap a two-fight losing skid in his return. He has achieved plenty in his UFC career, becoming a dual-champion and the sport’s biggest draw. Despite the millions of dollars that he’s made, “The Notorious” insists the fire still burns to compete.