International Wrestling Week is back.
One year after the annual event was canceled due to a coronavirus pandemic, it has a new set of dates. The UFC announced Saturday night that International Fight Week will be held in Las Vegas from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25 and will include the 2020 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Hall and a two-day UFC fan experience. The week ended with UFC 266, a paid event for each spectator, featuring two championship defenses and a special five-round fight between returning UFC veterans.
The 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Hall is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, where George St. Pierre, Kevin Randleman and Mark Ratner will finally join other inductors on the Modern-Era, Pioneer and Contributors wings. . Another expected induction is the first fight between Jones Jones and Alexander Gustafsson in 2013 at UFC 165. It was considered one of the best lightweight fights in promo history, and his legacy is now fortified on Fight Wing.
The two-day UFC fan experience is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, Friday and September 25, allowing fans to participate in interactive events with UFC’s past and present stars. The names of the fighters expected to visit the fan experience have not yet been revealed, but will be in the coming weeks.
The main card of the five fights of UFC 266 has also been confirmed. Hedliner is the defending champion in the lightweight division between reigning champion Alexander Volkanovsky and number two contender Brian Ortega. Among compatriots, Valentina Shevchenko is defending her weight against third-place contender Laurent Murphy in three weight classes. In the third and final five-round fight of the evening, Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz are back in a rematch for another 17 years.
Read the UFC press release to learn more about International Wrestling Week Here.