As things stand, the upcoming UFC 267 event on Fight Island that’s set to take place on October 30th will not air on pay-per-view in the U.S.
If that’s the case then it’ll be the first numbered event not to be shown on PPV since UFC 138 all the way back in 2011, which took place in the UK and featured the first ever non-title fight five-round main event in UFC history between Chris Leben and Mark Munoz.
MMA reporter Ariel Helwani was the first to deliver the scoop on the UFC’s plans for October’s event.
“UFC 267 is slated for Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi,” Helwani wrote on Twitter. “Jan [Blachowicz] x Glover [Texeira] for the 205 belt and Aljo x Yan for the 135 title are the title fights. This is out there.
“Interestingly enough, though, the event is currently scheduled to be a non-PPV numbered event in USA, I’m told. Some combo of E/E+.
Part of the reason for this could be that with the event taking place in Abu Dhabi, the start time is expected to be 11am ET, which may have led to significantly weakened PPV numbers in the U.S.
However, Helwani also notes that the UFC may be plotting a quick return to pay-per-view afterwards, with UFC 268 in the works just a week or two later, potentially at Madison Square Garden.