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UFC targeting ABC broadcast debut with UFC Fight Island 7

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC plans to maximize its exposure in 2021.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that the UFC is close to finalizing a plan to have UFC Fight Island 7 air on ABC. The fight card, which takes place Jan. 16, will kick off a trio of events in Abu Dhabi and will be headlined by a featherweight matchup between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. Twitter user @DonKingLV was first to report the potential broadcast shift.

At this time, it is unclear what the broadcasting plans will be for the entirety of the event, and how many fights will air on network television.

Should the move be finalized, it will mark the UFC’s broadcast debut on ABC and the promotion’s first event to air on network TV since UFC on FOX 31 in December 2018, which was headlined by Al Iaquinta’s win over Kevin Lee.

Here is the current fight card for UFC Fight Island 7.

Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar

Brian Kelleher vs. Ricky Simon

Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann

Mike Grundy vs. Nik Lentz

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Muslim Salikhov

Carlos Felipe vs. Justin Tafa

Dusko Todorovic vs. Punahele Soriano

Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese

Austin Lingo vs. Jacob Kilburn

Anthony Hernandez vs. Rodolfo Vieira

Wu Yanan vs. Bethe Correia

Warlley Alves vs. Christian Aguilera

David Zawada vs. Ramazan Emeev