The Ultimate Fighting Championship's 2018 pay-per-view schedule will begin in Beantown.
UFC President Dana White confirmed on Monday that UFC 220, the promotion's first PPV event next year, will emanate from Boston on Jan. 20. ESPN's Brett Okamoto was first to report the news via Twitter.
No location has been formally announced for the card yet. It will be the company's fifth trip to Boston; the previous four UFC cards in the city were held at the TD Garden, home of the NBA's Boston Celtics and the NHL's Boston Bruins. UFC 220 will come just two years after the promotion's last appearance, UFC Fight Night 81 in January 2016, headlined by Dominick Cruz regaining the UFC bantamweight title by taking a split decision over T.J. Dillashaw.
It will also mark the third straight time that the UFC's Boston date comes in late January. In 2015, a blossoming Conor McGregor main evented UFC Fight Night 59, knocking out Dennis Siver to begin a year's campaign that rocketed him to superstardom.
No main event has been announced. The UFC still has yet to announce a main event for UFC 219, set for Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The promotion's 2018 will formally begin with UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan. 14 from a location yet to be named; the UFC has also announced UFC Fight Night 125 from Belem, Brazil on Feb. 3, as well as UFC 221 and 222 for Feb. 10 and March 3 respectively. Cities and venues for those PPV cards have yet to be named, as well.