UFC Announces Multi-Event Partnership with Houston’s Toyota Center

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 30, 2021

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going to be a regular visitor to Houston for the foreseeable future.

The Las Vegas-based promotion on Wednesday announced a multi-event partnership with the Toyota Center that will include the UFC 265 event on Aug. 7. While it was not revealed exactly how many events or for how many years the agreement would run, it does include a “prospective” pay-per-view card in 2022.

The organization also held UFC 262 at the Toyota Center, a card that saw Charles Oliveira defeat Michael Chandler in the evening’s main event to claim the vacant lightweight crown on May 15.

“I love the city of Houston. We had a sold-out event in May, the city and fans are incredible, so we are heading right back in August,” UFC president Dana White said. “Working with [Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta] and his team has been amazing and we will continue making Toyota Center a home for UFC, including bringing another PPV to the city next year.”

UFC 265 is headlined by an interim heavyweight title title between Houston native Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane, while Amanda Nunes defends her bantamweight crown against Julianna Pena in the co-main event.