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UFC Announces Dates for 2015 Schedule, 45 Fight Cards Slated

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2014

USA Today

The UFC held a sizable news conference in its "The Time is Now" event, with plenty of fighters dropping quotes and a couple fight announcements to boot. The biggest announcement, however, came in the form of the promotion's complete 2015 schedule. 

While there are no locations listed, the framework has been set up for when fights will take place and what kinds of events will go down in 2015, as detailed by Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter:

— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) November 17, 2014

The plan includes 13 pay-per-view events, 32 UFC Fight Nights, four UFC on Fox events, 18 Fight Nights on Fox Sports 1 and 10 Fight Pass-exclusive events, with 45 total events planned. While no locations have been announced past February 2015, some of the company's plans for international expansion were detailed, with "about half" of those events planned for the United States, including six planned for Las Vegas. 

Abroad, the UFC is planning between three and five events in Canada (with the target markets being Toronto, Calgary and Montreal), two events in Mexico (which includes a return to Mexico City) and seven events in Brazil. 

The complete 2015 UFC schedule. Gack. pic.twitter.com/OPJa25Wlz0

— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) November 17, 2014

Moving into theoretical territory, the UFC hopes to expand its European presence with five to six events. Established territories such as Sweden, England and Ireland are on the UFC's radar, but the promotion also hopes to move into Poland, Holland and Russia.

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Two events are penciled in for Australia, and the company is looking to make its way into Victoria for the first time. Additionally, a return to Abu Dhabi, where the UFC has twice visited in the past, is also a possibility. 

Finally, the UFC stated it's planning between two and three events that will likely take place in South Korea, China, Japan or the Philippines. 

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