UFC schedule 2023: Every major fight happening this year

Here’s a look at every fight and event that the MMA promotion has announced for 2023

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
Sunday 24 September 2023 18:57
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Another year of UFC action has passed its midway point, as fans come to terms with Conor McGregor’s long-awaited return being delayed until 2024.

McGregor has not fought since breaking his leg in July 2021 and was due to fight Michael Chandler this spring or summer, but the bout is still without a date, location and weight class – all we know is that it won’t take place in 2023. Thankfully for the UFC, new stars have emerged elsewhere to keep audiences engaged.

In one of the biggest fights of 2023, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev retained his title against featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski in February. Then, in March, light-heavyweight icon Jon Jones moved up to heavyweight after three years away, submitting Ciryl Gane to win the title vacated by Francis Ngannou, when the latter left the UFC. Next up for Jones is heavyweight ‘GOAT’ Stipe Miocic at Madison Square Garden in November.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Leon Edwards retained the welterweight belt against Kamaru Usman in London, seven months after taking the title from the “Nigerian Nightmare” with a stunning head kick. April then kicked off with Israel Adesanya finally beating longtime rival Alex Pereira, the “Last Stylebender” knocking out the Brazilian to regain the middleweight belt that he lost to Pereira last year. However, Adesanya would drop the title again in August, suffering a stunning upset loss to Sean Strickland.

Meanwhile, “Sugar” Sean O’Malley completed his swift rise through the bantamweight rankings by taking the belt from Aljamain Sterling in August, knocking out the Jamaican-American in the second round. There are plenty more huge fights to come, too. Here is every bout and event announced by the UFC for the coming weeks and months (cards subject to change):

Saturday 7 October – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas

Bobby Green (left) is one of the UFC’s most entertaining strikers

Main card

Grant Dawson vs Bobby Green (lightweight)

Joe Pyfer vs Abdul Razak Alhassan (middleweight)

Alex Morono vs Joaquin Buckley (welterweight)

Drew Dober vs Ricky Glenn (lightweight)

Philipe Lins vs Ion Cutelaba (light-heavyweight)

Alexander Hernandez vs Bill Algeo (featherweight)


Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Diana Belbita (women’s strawweight)

Chris Gutierrez vs Montel Jackson (bantamweight)

Aoriqileng vs Johnny Munoz (bantamweight)

Vanessa Demopoulos vs Kanako Murata (women’s strawweight)

Nate Maness vs Mateus Mendonca (flyweight)

Montana De La Rosa vs Stephanie Egger (women’s flyweight)

Saturday 15 October – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas

UFC veteran Edson Barboza

Main card

Sodiq Yusuff vs Edson Barboza (featherweight)

Jennifer Maia vs Viviane Araujo (women’s flyweight)

Jonathan Martinez vs Adrian Yanez (bantamweight)

Marc-Andre Barriault vs Michel Pereira (middleweight)

Christian Rodriguez vs Cameron Saimann (bantamweight)


Darren Elkins vs TJ Brown (featherweight)

Rani Yahya vs Alatengheili (bantamweight)

Irina Alekseeva vs Melissa Dixon (women’s bantamweight)

Terrance McKinney vs Chris Duncan (lightweight)

Tainara Lisboa vs Dariya Zheleznykova (women’s bantamweight)

Ashley Yoder vs Emily Ducote (women’s strawweight)

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

Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira will square off for the lightweight title again

Main card

Islam Makhachev (C) vs Charles Oliveira 2 (lightweight title)

Paulo Costa vs Khamzat Chimaev (middleweight)

Magomed Ankalaev vs Johnny Walker (light-heavyweight)

Nassourdine Imavov vs Ikram Aliskerov (middleweight)

Nathaniel Wood vs Muhammad Naimov (featherweight)


Tim Elliot vs Muhammad Mokaev (flyweight)

Said Nurmagomedov vs Mui Gafurov (bantamweight)

Mohammad Yahya vs Trevor Peek (lightweight)

Shara Magomedov vs Bruno Silva (middleweight)

Mike Breeden vs Anshul Jubli (lightweight)

Viktoriia Dudakova vs Jinh Yu Frey (women’s strawweight)

Abu Azaitar vs Sedriques Dumas (middleweight)

Saturday 4 November – UFC Fight Night – Ibirapuera Arena, Sao Paulo, Brazil

UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes

Curtis Blaydes vs Jailton Almeida (heavyweight)

Ismael Bonfim vs Vinc Pichel (lightweight)

Eduarda Moura vs So Yul Kim (women’s strawweight)

Gabriel Bonfim vs Nicolas Dalby (welterweight)

Elves Brener vs Esteban Ribovics (lightweight)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs Rinat Fakhretdinov (welterweight)

Angela Hill vs Denise Gomes (women’s strawweight)

Rodrigo Nascimento vs Don’Tale Mayes (heavyweight)

Vitor Petrino vs Modestas Bukauskas (light-heavyweight)

Caio Borralho vs Nursulton Ruziboev (middleweight)

Rodolfo Vieira vs Armen Petrosyan (middleweight)

Saturday 11 November – UFC 295 – Madison Square Garden, New York City, US

Jon Jones (C) vs Stipe Miocic (heavyweight title)

Jiri Prochazka vs Alex Pereira (vacant light-heavyweight title)

Jessica Andrade vs Mackenzie Dern (women’s strawweight)

Derek Brunson vs Roman Dolidze (middleweight)

Matt Schnell vs Steve Erceg (flyweight)

Joshua Van vs Kevin Borjas (flyweight)

Saturday 18 November – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas, US

Brendan Allen vs Paul Craig (middleweight)

Payton Albott vs Nick Aguirre (bantamweight)

Saturday 16 December – UFC 296 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, US

Leon Edwards is the UFC welterweight champion (Kieran Cleeves/PA)

Leon Edwards (C) vs Colby Covington (welterweight title)

Alexandre Pantoja (C) vs Brandon Royval 2 (flyweight title)

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs Shavkat Rahkmonov (welterweight)

Paddy Pimblett vs Tony Ferguson (lightweight)

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