UFC Returning to New Zealand

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UFC Returning to New Zealand

The Ultimate Fighter Competition is returning to New Zealand in 2020. The UFC made their official confirmation with the New Zealand Herald that an event would take place in Auckland on February 23rd, 2020. This will be the second time that the fighting competition has arrived in New Zealand, with the first event taking place back in 2017. Fans of the UFC can attend the Auckland Spark Arena in four months to witness multiple matches. Unfortunately, the UFC hasn’t confirmed who the title fighters will be for this event or how much tickets will cost. It’s anticipated that more information on the Auckland Spark Arena UFC Fight will be released on December 1st.

The last time UFC was at New Zealand, more than eight thousand individuals went to the Auckland Spark Arena to witness Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt battle it out. Fans can expect this 2020 event to be centred around New Zealand and Australian Fighters, which is similar to the 2017 Fight Night. Since the confirmation, fans in New Zealand have requested that Kiwi Fighters be represented. These are the indigenous fighters for NZ and would highlight the nation’s history. Potential Kiwi Fighters include Kai Kara France and Brandon Moreno.

Fans are also debating if any titleholder like Israel Adesanya, the Middleweight Champion for the UFC, will arrive at the New Zealand Fight Night. Considering that these events are meant to display the national talent of NZ, it’s unlikely that this champion will partake at the Auckland Spark Arena festivities. However, there is always the chance that he could demand entry into the NZ Fight Night. Regardless, this upcoming battle will be one remembered in New Zealand History.

Derrick Lewis

Lewis won’t be attending the New Zealand Fight Night. This fighter is anticipated to battle Ilir Latifi in his first heavyweight division battle. This fight is taking place on February 8th on the UFC 247 Pay-Per-view. Multiple sources close to both fighters have confirmed that they have made verbal and contractual agreements. Dana White is the only individual who hasn’t confirmed the fight, which isn’t surprising with his recent actions as leader of the UFC. Regardless, this fight will take place at the Houston Toyota Centre. Latifi will have a lot on the line in his first Heavyweight Battle, where Derrick Lewis is an experienced fighter. Most are anticipated that Latifi will suffer minor to major injuries, with a TKO Final Blow.