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Alex Pattle

UFC schedule 2023: Every major fight happening this year


Another year of UFC action is upon us, as fans anticipate Conor McGregor’s long-awaited return to the Octagon as well as some major title fights.

McGregor, who remains the face of the sport, has not competed since breaking his leg in July 2021 but is due to fight Michael Chandler this autumn, though new stars have emerged elsewhere to help keep audiences engaged.

In one of the biggest fights of 2023, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev retained his title against featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski, narrowly winning a decision on the latter’s home turf in Australia in February. Then, in March, light-heavyweight ‘GOAT’ Jon Jones moved up to heavyweight after three years away, submitting Ciryl Gane in the first round to win the title vacated by Francis Ngannou in January, when the latter left the UFC. Later in March, Britain’s Leon Edwards retained the welterweight belt with a decision win over Kamaru Usman in London, seven months after taking the title from the “Nigerian Nightmare” with a stunning head kick.

There are plenty more title fights to come, too, with a middleweight rematch between Israel Adesanya and old rival Alex Pereira due in April, before Henry Cejudo returns after a long absence to challenge Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight belt in May.

Here is every fight and event announced by the mixed martial arts promotion for the coming weeks and months (cards subject to change):

Saturday 8 April – UFC 287 – Miami-Dade Arena, Miami, US

Alex Pereira (left) secured a TKO win against Israel Adesanya in 2021 (Getty Images)

Main card

Alex Pereira (C) vs Israel Adesanya 2 (middleweight title)

Gilbert Burns vs Jorge Masvidal (welterweight)

Rob Font vs Adrian Yanez (bantamweight)

Kevin Holland vs Santiago Ponzinibbio (welterweight)

Raul Rosas Jr vs Christian Rodriguez (bantamweight)


Chris Curtis vs Kelvin Gastelum (middleweight)

Michael Chiesa vs Li Jingliang (welterweight)

Michelle Waterson-Gomez vs Luana Pinheiro (women’s strawweight)

Karl Williams vs Chase Sherman (heavyweight)

Early prelims

Gerald Meerschaert vs Joe Pyfer (middleweight)

Cynthia Calvillo vs Loopy Godinez (women’s strawweight)

Ignacio Bahamondes vs Trey Ogden (lightweight)

Shayilan Nuerdanbieke vs Steve Garcia (featherweight)

Jacqueline Amorim vs Sam Hughes (women’s strawweight)

Saturday 15 April – UFC Fight Night – T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, US

Britain’s Arnold Allen (left) faces his toughest test yet in ex-champion Max Holloway (Getty Images)

Main card

Max Holloway vs Arnold Allen (featherweight)

Edson Barboza vs Billy Quarantillo (featherweight)

Dustin Jacoby vs Azamat Murzakanov (light-heavyweight)

Tanner Boser vs Ion Cutelaba (light-heavyweight)

Pedro Munhoz vs Chris Gutierrez (bantamweight)

Clay Guida vs Rafa Garcia (lightweight)


Bill Algeo vs TJ Brown (featherweight)

Brandon Royval vs Matheus Nicolau (flyweight)

Zak Cummings vs Ed Herman (light-heavyweight)

Gillian Robertson vs Piera Rodriguez (women’s strawweight)

Lando Vannata vs Daniel Zellhuber (lightweight)

Bruna Brasil vs Denise Gomes (women’s strawweight)

Aaron Phillips vs Gaston Bolanos (bantamweight)

Joselyne Edwards vs Lucie Pudilova (women’s bantamweight)

Saturday 22 April – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas, US

UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes (Getty Images)

Main card

Sergei Pavlovich vs Curtis Blaydes (heavyweight)

Song Yadong vs Ricky Simon (bantamweight)

Brad Tavares vs Bruno Silva (middleweight)

Bobby Green vs Jared Gordon (lightweight)

Iasmin Lucindo vs Brogan Walker (women’s flyweight)

Jeremiah Wells vs Matthew Semelsberger (welterweight)


Ricky Glenn vs Christos Giagos (lightweight)

Rani Yahya vs Montel Jackson (bantamweight)

Karol Rosa vs Norma Dumont (women’s featherweight)

Rafael Estevam vs Carlos Candelario (flyweight)

Mohammed Usman vs Junior Tafa (heavyweight)

Francis Marshall vs William Gomis (featherweight)

Priscila Cachoeira vs Karine Silva (women’s flyweight)

Brady Hiestand vs Batgerel Danaa (bantamweight)

Saturday 29 April – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas, US

UFC lightweight contender Arman Tsarukyan (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Main card

Arman Tsarukyan vs Renato Moicano (lightweight)

Caio Borralho vs Michal Oleksiejczuk (middleweight)

Rodolfo Vieira vs Cody Brundage (middleweight)

Emily Ducote vs Polyana Viana (women’s strawweight)

Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs Waldo Cortes Acosta (heavyweight)

Josh Quinlan vs Ange Loosa (welterweight)


Martin Buday vs Jake Collier (heavyweight)

Julian Erosa vs Fernando Padilla (featherweight)

Nathan Levy vs Pete Rodriguez (lightweight)

Cody Durden vs Charles Johnson (flyweight)

Stephanie Egger vs Irina Alekseeva (woman’s bantamweight)

Brian Kelleher vs Journey Newson (bantamweight)

Hailey Cowan vs Jamey-Lin Horth (women’s bantamweight)

Saturday 6 May – UFC 288 – Prudential Center, Newark, US

Former dual-weight champion Henry Cejudo will return in a title fight (Getty Images)

Aljamain Sterling (C) vs Henry Cejudo (bantamweight title)

Charles Oliveira vs Beneil Dariush (lightweight)

Bryce Mitchell vs Jonathan Pearce (featherweight)

Kron Gracie vs Charles Jourdain (featherweight)

Jessica Andrade vs Yan Xiaonan (women’s strawweight)

Marina Rodriguez vs Virna Jandiroba (women’s strawweight)

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Devin Clark (light-heavyweight)

Andre Petroski vs Armen Petrosyan (middleweight)

Khaos Williams vs Rolando Bedoya (welterweight)

Marina Rodriguez vs Virna Jandiroba (women’s strawweight)

Nate Maness vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)

Daniel Santos vs Johnny Munoz (bantamweight)

Saturday 13 May – UFC Fight Night – Spectrum Center, Charlotte, US

UFC heavyweight contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik (Getty Images)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Jailton Almeida (heavyweight)

Anthony Smith vs Johnny Walker (light-heavyweight)

Ian Machado Garry vs Daniel Rodriguez (welterweight)

Mackenzie Dern vs Angela Hill (women’s strawweight)

Carlos Ulberg vs Ihor Potieria (light-heavyweight)

Tim Means vs Alex Morono (welterweight)

Bryan Battle vs Gabe Green (welterweight)

Matt Brown vs Court McGee (welterweight)

Cody Stamann vs Douglas Silva De Andrade (bantamweight)

Jessica-Rose Clark vs Tainara Lisboa (women’s bantamweight)

Ji Yeon Kim vs Mandy Bohm (women’s flyweight)

Saturday 8 July – UFC 290 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, US


Saturday 21 October – UFC 294 – Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, UAE


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