Every big fight going on this year

Every big fight going on this year

Every big fight going on this year

After one of the most successful and captivating years in UFC history, the mixed martial arts promotion will look to continue growing in 2022.

In 2021, Conor McGregor has fought twice, marking his most active year since 2016. The Irishman has lost to Dustin Poirier in every match, sustaining a terrible leg fracture in the most recent, but is aiming for a return to the Octagon in the summer.

Elsewhere, newer stars like Israel Adesanya, Khamzat Chimaev and Sean O’Malley are looking to further improve their legacies and profiles, while featherweight queen Amanda Nunes is sure to try to regain her bantamweight belt after losing it to Julianna Pena. in a big turnaround in December. .

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Islam Makhachev continues to pursue his goal of becoming lightweight champion to follow in the footsteps of his close friend and cornerman Khabib Nurmagomedov, while the men’s bantamweight division is set to see a unified fight between interim champion Petr Yan and official starter Aljamain Sterling. – with the heavyweight title being unified in January when Francis Ngannou bested Ciryl Gane.

Here are all the UFC events and fights announced for the coming weeks and months (cards subject to change):

Saturday, September 3 – UFC Fight Night – Accor Arena, Paris

Former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Ciryl Gane (Getty Images)

Former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Ciryl Gane (Getty Images)

Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa (heavyweight)

Robert Whittaker vs Marvin Vettori (middleweight)

Nassourdine Imavov v Joaquin Buckley (middleweight)

Charles Jourdain vs Nathaniel Wood (featherweight)

Alessio di Chirico vs Roman Kopylov (middleweight)

John Makdessi vs Nasrat Haqparast (lightweight)

Benoit Saint-Denis vs Christos Giagos (lightweight)

Zarah Fairn vs Ailin Perez (female featherweight)

Saturday, September 10 – UFC 279 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Nate Diaz (left) and Khamzat Chimaev agreed to a welterweight matchup (Getty)

Nate Diaz (left) and Khamzat Chimaev agreed to a welterweight matchup (Getty)

Nate Diaz vs Khamzat Chimaev (Welterweight)

Denis Tiuliulin vs Jamie Pickett (middleweight)

Johnny Walker vs Ion Cutelaba (light heavyweight)

Jake Collier vs Chris Barnett (heavyweight)

Chad Anheliger vs Alatengheili (bantamweight)

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Jailton Almeida (heavyweight)

Melissa Martinez vs Elise Reed (Women’s Strawweight)

Norma Dumont vs Danyelle Wolf (female featherweight)

Irene Aldana vs Macy Chiasson (Women’s Bantamweight)

Saturday, September 17 – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas

UFC bantamweight Cory Sandhagen in action against Raphael Assunção (Getty Images)

UFC bantamweight Cory Sandhagen in action against Raphael Assunção (Getty Images)

Cory Sandhagen vs Song Yadong (bantamweight)

Giga Chikadze vs Sodiq Yusuff (featherweight)

Joe Pyfer vs Alen Amedovski (middleweight)

Anthony Hernandez vs Marc-Andre Barriault (middleweight)

Chidi Njokuani vs Gregory Rodrigues (middleweight)

Tanner Boser vs Rodrigo Nascimento Ferreira (heavyweight)

Andre Fili vs Lando Vannata (featherweight)

Mariya Agapova vs Gillian Robertson (female flyweight)

Maryna Moroz vs Sijara Eubanks (female flyweight)

Loma Lookboonmee x Diana Belbita (Women’s Strawweight)

Saturday, October 22 – UFC 280 – Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi

Charles Oliveira (left) and Islam Makhachev will face off for the vacant lightweight belt (Getty Images)

Charles Oliveira (left) and Islam Makhachev will face off for the vacant lightweight belt (Getty Images)

Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev (vacant lightweight title)

Aljamain Sterling (L) v TJ Dillashaw (bantamweight title)

Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot (lightweight)

Petr Yan vs Sean O’Malley (bantamweight)

Belal Muhammad vs Sean Brady (welterweight)

Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Lemos (Women’s Strawweight)

Saturday, November 12 – UFC 281 – Madison Square Garden, New York

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

Carla Esparza (C) x Weili Zhang (Women’s Strawweight Championship)

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