UFC president Dana White formally introduced the corporate’s subsequent two occasions to ESPN on Friday. Each will happen on the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.

A heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov will headline UFC Battle Night time on June 20, and a extremely anticipated light-weight battle between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker will function the primary occasion for a UFC Battle Night time on June 27.

Each of those fights had been initially focused for various occasions earlier than the coronavirus pandemic impacted the UFC’s schedule. Blaydes and Volkov had been at all times imagined to battle on June 20, however the occasion was initially slated for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Poirier and Hooker had been initially in talks to battle in Might, however it was by no means official.

Blaydes (13-2) is knocking on the door of a UFC heavyweight title shot, with wins in eight of his previous 9 contests. Volkov (31-7), of Russia, is coming off a call win in opposition to Greg Hardy in late 2019.

Along with the heavyweight fundamental occasion, the June 20 card will characteristic a notable featherweight contest between Josh Emmett (15-2) and Shane Burgos (13-1).

Poirier (25-6) has not fought since he got here up brief in a 155-pound title bid in opposition to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September. Hooker (20-8) fights out of New Zealand and has received seven of his previous eight.

“This is a vital battle for each guys,” White stated. “Clearly, Poirier desires to get a shot at that title, and Hooker, if he is available in and beats Poirier, he is lastly arrived. He is one of many prime 5 guys on the planet and on his option to a attainable title battle.”

Ian Heinisch can be combating on brief relaxation in opposition to Brendan Allen in a middleweight bout on the June 27 card. Heinisch fought in Saturday’s UFC 250, beating Gerald Meerschaert with a KO/TKO within the first spherical.

“I really like these children that placed on performances after which need to say lively,” White stated, referring to Heinisch. “You need to be remembered by folks. You need to do quite a lot of nice issues with lots of people watching. Conor McGregor did the identical factor. He stayed lively. Ronda Rousey stayed lively. I really like children that flip round fast.”

The occasion on June 27 can even see a welterweight co-main occasion between Mike Perry (13-6) and Mickey Gall (6-2).

The complete lineups as of Friday:

UFC Battle Night time, June 20

UFC Battle Night time, June 27



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