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WHICH VENUE HAS HELD THE MOST UFC EVENTS IN FLORIDA?

As of 3/15/21, the venue that held the most UFC events was The Seminole HardRock Hotel in 
H​ollywood Florida. The Hardrock held four (4) UFC Fight Night events from 2006-2015.
But since Covid hit in 2020, its the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville that now ties with The HardRock, having their 4th event on April 24,2021. 

Because of Covid restrictions in other States, Jacksonville was able to accomplish the same amount of UFC events in 11 months, that the Seminole Hardock took 9 years to cpmplete! 

It is clear that these Jacksonville events would not have taken place, if the governing body from the original States would have allowed sporting events to take place. Jacksonville serves as a "back up" venue for cancelled UFC events.

2020 UFC EVENTS IN FLORIDA

Ferguson VS Gaethje

UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on May 9, 2020 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. It was originally planned to take place on April 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Smith VS Teixeira

UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira (also known as UFC Fight Night 171 and UFC on ESPN+ 29) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on May 13, 2020 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Overeem VS Harris

UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris (also known as UFC on ESPN 8) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on May 16, 2020 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, 

3x's UFC FLORIDA FIGHTERS 

In 2020, 286 UFC FIGHTERS FOUGHT IN 16 EVENTS HELD IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. FROM THOSE 286 FIGHTERS, THERE ARE 5 FIGHTERS WHO FOUGHT 3X'S IN FLORIDA. 
THOSE FIGHTERS ARE: 

Angela Hill

Only UFC Female fighter who has fought 3x's in the State of Florida. Fought in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the city of  Jacksonville, Orlando and Sunrise.  

Donald Cerrone

Fought 3x's in the State of Florida in 2020, 2015 and 2014 in the city of Jacksonville and twice in Orlando.  

Glover Teixeira

Fought 3x's in the State of Florida in 2020, 2019and 2016 in the city of Jacksonville, Sunrise and Tampa.

Jeremy Stephens

Fought 3x's in the State of Florida in 2020, 2018 and 2009 in the city of Jacksonville , Orlando and Tampa.

Nate Marquardt

Fought 3x's in the State of Florida in 2015, 2007 and 2006 in the city of Orlando and twice in Hollywood. 

2x's UFC Florida Raised

From the 286 Fighters who fought in 16 UFC Florida events, there are 14 fighters who fought 2x's. 
From those 14 fighters, only 4 were born in Florida & fight out of Florida. 

Ben Saunders

Born: Ft.Lauderale, Fl.
Fights Out of: Orlando, Fl.
Events fought in Florida:2
Total UFC Events: 19

Niko Price

Born: Cape Coral, Fl.
F
ights Out of: Cape Coral, Fl.
Events fought in Florida: 2
Total UFC Events: 12

Luigi Fioravanti

Born: Orlando, Fl.
Fights Out of: Orlando, Fl.
Events fought in Florida: 2
Total UFC Events: 7

Miguel Baeza 

Born: Davie, Fl.
Fights Out of: Davie, Fl.
Events fought in Florida: 2
Total UFC Events: 3

UFC Florida History

The UFC has produced 17 Florida shows in the last 18 years. 
UFC 42 was the first UFC event to take place in Florida back in 2003. Headlining the event was a Welterweight Title bout between Matt Hughes and Sean Sherk. UFC 42 also marked the first UFC appearance of future Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin. Joe Rogan provided the lead commentary for this event and was joined by colour commentator Phil Baroni with further analysis by Eddie Bravo. As of April 2021, the UFC has done 17 shows in Florida and contracted more than 286 fighters. 

DATE EVENT VENUE CITY ATTENDANCE
April 25,2003 UFC 42 American Airline Arena MIAMI 7,500
October 10, 2006 UFC Fight Night Seminole HardRock Hotel Hollywood 3,510
January 25, 2007 UFC Fight Night Seminole HardRock hotel Hollywood 5,287
June 12, 2007 UFC Fight Night Seminole HardRock Hotel Hollywood N/A
Feb 7, 2009 UFC Fight Night USF Sun Dome Tampa 7,596
June 8, 2012 UFC on Fox Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise 6,635
April 19, 2014 UFC on Fox Amway Center Orlando 17,000
June 27, 2015 UFC Fight Night Seminole HardRock Hotel Hiollywood 5,604
Decenber 19, 2015 UFC on Fox Amway Center Orlando 14,459
April 16. 2016 UFC on Fox Amalie Arena Tampa 11,273
Feb 24, 2018 UFC on Fox Amway Center Orlando 10,124
April 27,2019 UFC Fight Night BB&T Arena Sunrise 12,754
October 12, 2019 UFC Fight Night Amalie Arena Tampa 10,597
May 09, 2020 UFC 249 Veterans memorial Arena Jacksonville COVID
May 13, 2020 UFC on ESPN Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville COVID
May 16, 2020 UFC on ESPN Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville COVID
April 24, 2021 UFC 261 Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville TBD