What Is UFC International Fight Week and UFC X? (Explained)

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Are you wondering what UFC International Fight Week is or have a related question?

In this article, we’ll explain what UFC International Fight Week is, the events fans may expect to see during UFC International Fight Week, and the 2023 UFC International Fight Week schedule.

We’ll also look at what UFC X is, the 2023 UFC X schedule, the UFC fighters attending UFC X in 2023, how much UFC X tickets cost, and more.

What Is UFC International Fight Week?

International Fight Week is an annual event organized by the UFC. It takes place in Las Vegas in the first week of July and offers MMA fans a week-long celebration full of activities and engagement with the UFC, particularly with fighters and even the UFC ring girls.

Some of the activities include autograph sessions, press conferences, weigh-ins, and fan expos, just to name a few (full list below).

The first International Fight Week was introduced in 2012 when the UFC teamed up with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and began thinking of ways to increase traffic to Las Vegas during a usually quiet period. International Fight Week was their answer.

As part of the partnership, many of the activities are held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which offers over 200,000 square feet of space for fans to gather and have fun.

The 11th International Fight Week will take place from July 3 to July 9, 2023, which would’ve been 12 if covid hadn’t canceled IFW in 2020. The highlight of every IFW is the stacked UFC PPV event at the end of the week, with 2023 being UFC 290 headlined by Alexander Volkanovski vs Yair Rodriguez.

What Are the Main Events During UFC International Fight Week?

Tickets for IFW go on sale months in advance, and while the events change each year, some of the recurring main events during UFC International Fight Week are:

  • UFC trailer on Premont Street all week for fan experience activities
  • Various meet-and-greets with fighters for autographs and pictures
  • Q&A sessions with fighters
  • Amateur combat sports tournaments – might be MMA, boxing, BJJ
  • A huge 5k run (started in 2015)
  • Press Conference (Tuesday)
  • Free music concert (usually Wednesday)
  • Open workouts and pub crawls with fighters and UFC octagon girls (Usually Thursday)
  • Live Ceremonial Weigh-ins (Friday)
  • Pool party (usually Friday)
  • UFC X – a 2-day expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Friday & Saturday) – there’s a lot of UFC merchandise and memorabilia for sale
  • Huge PPV event – typically held at the T-Mobile Arena (Saturday night)
  • UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • Official after-party post-PPV event (Late Saturday night)

Note: Many of the activities change and the days they take place also change. It’s best to regularly check the official UFC website for any changes.

What Is the 2023 UFC International Fight Week Schedule?

The 2023 UFC International Fight Week Schedule looks like this:

DayDateEventLocationTime
ThursJuly 6The Ultimates InvitationalLas Vegas Convention Center9 AM
UFC 290 Pre-fight Press ConferenceT-Mobile Arena3 PM
2023 Hall of Fame InductionT-Mobile Arena7 PM
FriJuly 7UFC XLas Vegas Convention Center9 AM – 5 PM
The Ultimates InvitationalLas Vegas Convention Center9 AM
30 Years Q&AT-Mobile Arena2 PM
UFC 290 Ceremonial Weigh-InT-Mobile Arena3 PM
Power Slap 3UFC Apex6 PM
SatJuly 8UFC X Day 2Las Vegas Convention Center9 AM – 5 PM
The Ultimates InvitationalLas Vegas Convention Center9 AM
UFC 290 Early PrelimsT-Mobile Arena6 PM
UFC 290 PrelimsT-Mobile Arena8 PM
UFC 290 Main CardT-Mobile Arena10 PM
Official Watch PartyResorts World, Las Vegas6 PM
After-Party Hakkasan Nightclub10 PM
SunJuly 9The Ultimates InvitationalLas Vegas Convention Center9 AM
Official UFC Pool PartyAYU Dayclub @ Resorts World11 AM

Events new to 2023 are:

  • 30 Years Q&A (Friday)
  • Power Slap 3 at UFC Apex (Friday, July 7)

What Is UFC X?

UFC X is a 2-day exhibition held at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall, encompassing 60,000 square feet of immersive space where fans can meet fighters, immerse themselves in the fun, and interact with the UFC like never before.

Outside of the huge PPV event at the end of the week, UFC X is considered the main attraction at the UFC International Fight Week and is held on the Friday and Saturday before the PPV event. In 2023, UFC X is held on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, starting at 9 AM and finishing at 5 PM.

What Is the 2023 UFC X Schedule?

In 2023, UFC X will have meet-and-greets, 4 booths for autograph signings (2 each day), a 30 Years Q&A, various presentations, a UFC Hall of Fame Induction, and more.

Here is the UFC X 2023 Full Schedule in a table:

DateEventLocationTime (PDT)
Friday, July 7thUFC Autograph Session #1TBD9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Friday, July 7thMeet & GreetsTBD2:30 PM – 4:30PM
Friday, July 7th2023 UFC Hall of Fame Panel on SiriusXMMain StageTBD
Friday, July 7thDC & RC at UFC XMain StageTBD
Friday, July 7thUFC Fight Pass ShowcaseMain StageTBD
Friday, July 7thUFC Autograph Session #2TBD2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Friday, July 7thLive Stream: 30 Years Q&AMain StageTBD
Friday, July 7thLive Stream: UFC 290 Ceremonial Weigh-InMain StageTBD
Saturday, July 8thUFC Autograph Session #1TBD9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Saturday, July 8thUFC 290 Prediction ShowMain StageTBD
Saturday, July 8thMeet & GreetsTBDTBD
Saturday, July 8thUFC Athlete Q&AMain StageTBD
Saturday, July 8thUFC Fight Pass ShowcaseMain StageTBD
Saturday, July 8th50X Jacket PresentationMain StageTBD
Saturday, July 8thUFC Autograph Session #2TBD2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, July 8thLive Stream: UFC 290 PrelimsMain StageTBD

These are the main events at UFC X, but there are dozens of things happening and always something to do. Taken from the UFC website, UFC X also includes:

  • Air Force Performance Lab (ANG)
  • Culture Kings Striking Challenge
  • F**k It Friday Food Truck Sampling
  • Howler Head Reaction Challenge
  • KUDO Commentary Booth
  • Las Vegas Sign
  • MFAM Gauntlet by NickMercs
  • Monster Roster Photo Op and Sampling
  • Panini Digital Trading Card
  • Partner Meet and Greets (photos only)
  • Project Rock Iron Paradise
  • Professional Bull Riders
  • Twin Peaks Photo Op
  • UFC Fun Zone
  • UFC GYM & Hyperice Zone
  • UFC Media Row
  • UFC Store
  • Wrestle Like A Girl Clinics

What UFC Fighters Are Attending UFC X in 2023?

There are 48 UFC fighters attending UFC X in 2023. They are:

Note: This is the list of UFC fighters attending, but there may be changes to the list come July 3, so it’s worth checking the UFC website.

How Much Do UFC X Tickets Cost?

UFC X tickets cost $25 for one-day access and $45 for two-day access. UFC X is free for children aged 12 and under, making UFC X great for families. Tickets are available online via AXS and also at the door of the center.

It’s best to buy a one-day access to see if you like the event before buying a second day. If you want to attend the second day on Saturday, it’ll only cost you an extra $5. Often though, fans get plenty out of one-day access and don’t need the second day.

There are also UFC X VIP tickets for fans who want to get the most out of UFC X. The UFC X VIP tickets cost $800 for 2-day access and $475 for one-day access, and allow holders to:

  • Skip long queues and spend more time meeting fighters and enjoying activities
  • Early access to the UFC X floor
  • Access to the UFC X private lounge with free food and drinks and guest fighter appearances
  • Free UFC lanyard
  • An assigned UFC staff member to guide you if needed

Overall, the VIP tickets are expensive but it means you get to see many more fighters and spend your time doing the best things UFC X has to offer, as the queues can be quite long. The UFC X VIP tickets can only be purchased directly from the UFC website.

Where Is UFC X Located?

UFC X is located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Can You Park at UFC X?

Fans can park at UFC X for the price of $10 per day. The parking is in the bronze & silver lot located next to the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall.

The Bottom Line

So, ‘what is UFC International Fight Week?’

UFC International Fight Week is a week-long celebration full of different events and activities intended to bring MMA fans from all around the world together. 

UFC International Fight Week concludes each year with a massive UFC PPV event, and its two other biggest events are the UFC Hall of Fame Induction and UFC X, a two-day expo designed to allow fans to meet their favorite UFC fighters.

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