The Scottish MMA scene has been crying out for one of the big shows to come to Scotland. It now seems likely that our calls have been answered.
The UFC has been to Glasgow twice, in 2015 and 2017. Both events took place at the Hydro Arena in July and that would be the case in 2020.
Higher Level head coach James Doolan said he had been told that the UFC have provisionally booked the Hydro for a date in July, Doolan mentioned July 17th which would be a Friday. Scroll to 56 minutes in to hear what Doolan said on the Higher Level MMA Podcast.
That weekend would tie in with the previous events which have both taken place on the weekend of Glasgow Fair, a bank holiday weekend. If the UFC was to return to Glasgow on this weekend then could we see the event take place on the Sunday 19th July? The last Glasgow show in 2017 was held on a Sunday.
It had been speculated earlier this year that the UFC were due to come back but nothing ever materialised. Hopefully this time it happens.
With Cage Warriors no more closer to bringing an event to Scotland and with the local Scottish scene having had a few cancellations, Glasgow has only had two events all year, the UFC coming back would be a welcome boost to the sport.
Scotland currently has four UFC fighters, Stevie Ray, Danny Henry, Paul Craig and Joanne Calderwood. It would make sense for those four to be included. Another couple of local fighters could be added, which would be good news for Cage Warriors welterweight champion Ross Houston as he would surely be first in line.
We could even see Bellator put on a Scottish show next year after they signed their third Scot recently, Chris Duncan joined Chris Bungard and Robert Whiteford on the Bellator roster.
2020 could be a great year for Scottish MMA.