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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Stephen Killen

UFC 2023 schedule: Every major fight as Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann await plans

UFC stars and Liverpool natives 'Meatball' Molly McCann and Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett had a successful 2022 with both fighters stealing the show at UFC London in July.

McCann ended the calendar with a defeat at Maddison Square Garden - bringing an end to her impressive three-fight win streak. Meanwhile, The Baddy continued his rise through the ranks with a unanimous decision victory over Jarrad Gordon in Las Vegas.

Pimblett limped out of the octagon at UFC 282 and now, his plans for this calendar year have been put on hold whilst he awaits the results of his scan. The return of Meatball Molly is anticipated as she looks to return to winning ways and over the new year, there was cause for celebration as she got engaged to partner, Ellis Clark.

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UFC chief Dana White revealed at the end of 2022 that the sporting event would return to the United Kingdom and the O2 in London after a successful year for British fighters which saw Leon Edwards' jaw-dropping knockout of Kamaru Usman to become Welterweight champion.

For lovers of combat sports, in particular mixed martial arts, they will be treated to a number of cards across the calendar year with a host of events lined up already.

And UK fight fans can make a note in their diaries for March 18 when the organisation returns to these shores.

Cards subject to change - all will take place on Saturday unless stated.

January 14 – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas, US

Nassourdine Imavov vs Kelvin Gastelum (middleweight)


Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. TBA (Geoff Neal injured)

Punahele Soriano vs. Roman Kopylov

Dan Ige vs. Damon Jackson

Carlos Hernandez vs. Allan Nascimento

Raquel Pennington vs. Ketlen Vieira

Daniel Argueta vs. Isaac Dulgarian

Mateusz Rebecki vs. Nick Fiore

Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos

Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Claudio Ribeiro

Charles Johnson vs. Jimmy Flick

Javid Basharat vs. Mateus Mendonca

January 21 – UFC 283 – Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Glover Teixeira vs Jamahal Hill (vacant light-heavyweight title)

Deiveson Figueiredo (C) vs Brandon Moreno (IC) 4 (flyweight title)

Gilbert Burns vs Neil Magny (welterweight)

Lauren Murphy vs Jessica Andrade (women’s flyweight)

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Ihor Potieria (light-heavyweight)

Paul Craig vs Johnny Walker (light-heavyweight)

Brad Tavares vs Gregory Rodrigues (middleweight)

Thiago Moises vs Guram Kutateladze (lightweight)

Gabriel Bonfim vs Mounir Lazzez (welterweight)

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Jailton Almeida (heavyweight)

Ismael Bonfim vs Terrance McKinney (lightweight)

Warlley Alves vs Nicolas Dalby (welterweight)

Josiane Nunes vs Zarah Fairn (women’s featherweight)

February 11 – UFC 284 – RAC Arena, Perth, Australia

Islam Makhachev (C) vs Alexander Volkanovski (featherweight champion) (lightweight title)

Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett (interim featherweight title)

Justin Tafa vs Parker Porter (heavyweight)

Tyson Pedro vs Zhang Mingyang (light-heavyweight)

Jimmy Crute vs Alonzo Menifield (light-heavyweight)

Josh Culibao vs Melsik Baghdasaryan (featherweight)

Shannon Ross vs Kleydson Rodrigues (flyweight)

Jack Jenkins vs Don Shainis (featherweight)

February 18 – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas, US

Marlon Vera vs Cory Sandhagen (bantamweight)

February 25 – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas, US


March 4 – UFC 285 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, US


March 11 – UFC Fight Night – The Theater, Las Vegas, US


March 18 – UFC Fight Night – O2 Arena, London, UK


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