UFC has staged more than 480 events around the world but has only come to Washington once. In October 2011, an announced crowd of 9,380 showed up at what was then called Verizon Center to see Dominick Cruz’s win over Demetrious Johnson. The company has also held three events in Virginia’s Fairfax County, most recently in 2015.
It will be the seventh “UFC on ESPN” card. UFC and the cable sports giant struck a five-year deal last year, reportedly worth $1.5 billion. The nationally televised show debuted on the network in February with Cain Velasquez’s technical knockout win over Francis Ngannou.