Contemporary off the again of probably the greatest UFC playing cards of the yr with 10 finishes in 10 fights on the UFC Apex final Saturday evening, the UFC’s plans for the remainder of the yr have been revealed to the world.
It’s already been a strong yr to date, with the primary UFC London card being one of many highlights of a yr that has included a 3rd showdown between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski, Francis Ngannou displaying his wrestling prowess towards Cyril Gane and Charles Oliveira persevering with his spectacular run on the high of the light-weight division.
These are among the best occasions to be careful for earlier than the top of the yr.
UFC 278 – Usman vs Edwards (August twentieth)
We’re again in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah for simply the second time within the UFC’s historical past. Topping the invoice is a battle for the welterweight world championship between the pound-for-pound primary Kamaru Usman and Birmingham’s Leon Edwards. This rematch was destined because the pair first met again in 2015 when Usman handed ‘Rocky’ his third, and nonetheless most up-to-date, defeat.
Edwards can change into simply the second British UFC champion after Michael Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold again in 2018, and Rockhold returns once more to struggle within the co-main occasion towards middleweight contender Paulo Costa. By some means Jose Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili have been pushed all the way down to only a three-round bout on the principle card too, and it must be an excellent evening of scrapping within the Mormon state.
UFC Paris – Gane vs Tuivasa (September third)
The Accor Enviornment opens its doorways to the UFC for France’s first-ever occasion, as MMA was banned from the nation till January 2020. Topping the invoice is Cyril Gane, combating in his homeland for the primary time towards one of many greatest personalities within the heavyweight division proper now, Tai Tuivasa. Gane was dispatched by Francis Ngannou final outing however the Frenchman has been extremely rated because of his agility and placing making him one of many quickest fighters within the division.
Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa is a bit completely different, a former Sydney Roosters prop ahead who give up the NRL for MMA. Tuivasa is without doubt one of the most enjoyable heavyweights to observe proper now with insane punching energy, a granite chin and an iconic celebration with the ‘Shoey’. 5 straight knockouts in his final 5 fights have led him to title rivalry, and Paris is ready to be a superb card.
Bruv, Tai Tuivasa did a shoey with Dustin Poirier’s sizzling sauce within the combine! 😱
Additionally featured on the cardboard is fellow Australian Robert Whittaker dealing with Italy’s Marvin Vettori as a part of the co-main occasion. It’s an thrilling time for European blended martial arts, and lengthy might it proceed.
UFC 279 – Chimaev vs Diaz (September tenth)
Only a week after a visit to Paris, a loopy PPV card will get underway in Las Vegas. Headlining this occasion is the following massive star of the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev dealing with the legend of the cage that’s Nate Diaz in his ultimate contracted UFC bout.
It’s a mismatch of epic proportions, with Chimaev clearly flying via the welterweight division with a goal on the pinnacle of Kamaru Usman, however Nate Diaz stays one of many greatest names within the sport because of an illustrious historical past of epic fights and a bad-boy angle match for such a maverick. It’ll be unhappy to see the again of such an excellent fighter like Diaz, however that is one final likelihood to shake up the division he used to terrorise.
Khamzat has already promised to place Diaz in a coffin, and that his ultimate run out will probably be his funeral. It must be an excellent efficiency from each males and though there’s no title on the road this will probably be one of the watched fights of the yr regardless.
UFC 280 – Oliveira vs Makhachev (October twenty second)
The promotion returns to Abu Dhabi as soon as extra in what seems to be one of the best card you’ll watch this yr, on paper. Two championship headliners in Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev and Aljamain Sterling vs TJ Dillashaw headline a card stuffed with class acts. Nikita Krylov and Volkan Oezdemir characteristic, Beneil Dariush faces Mateusz Gamrot, Belal Muhammad versus Sean Brady and an unofficial co-main occasion of Petr Yan towards Sean O’Malley options.
It’s an insane group of fights on one card and there may very well be additional occasions introduced with a couple of fighters from the British Isles hoping to sneak their means onto it like Muhammad Mokaev did when he fights Malcolm Gordon. Those that can’t handle to make it in time will greater than seemingly be combating at UFC 282 in December as an alternative.
UFC 281 – Adesanya vs Pereira (November twelfth)
The grudge match has lastly been introduced. Ever since Israel Adesanya received his middleweight belt, talks have been on about Alex Pereira coming to the UFC to struggle Izzy and knock him from his perch as soon as once more.
Pereira defeated Adesanya twice of their earlier matchups, as soon as by unanimous choice and one other by way of third-round knockout, the one time the champion has been knocked out to this point. The Brazilian was signed to the UFC again in 2021, and has received 3 times to date, as soon as with a flying knee, as soon as by way of choice and his final win towards Sean Strickland was an totally devastating KO.
Pereira isn’t the right fighter and isn’t as refined at grinding out wins as Adesanya, however a person with as a lot energy he has at 185lbs is terrifying to any opponent.
Different fights rumoured to be introduced for the evening in Madison Sq. Backyard embrace Michael Chandler versus Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson v Dan Hooker. Paddy Pimblett has already eliminated MSG from his sights, citing that the ‘taxman’ would take an excessive amount of cash out of his prize purse, subsequently, that means a struggle in New York wouldn’t be price it.