Wednesday, December 6, 2023

2023 UFC event schedule: Sodiq Yusuff vs. Edson Barboza, Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira 2 on tap


UFC hosts its last of four consecutive Las Vegas cards before embarking on a world tour with stops in Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo and New York. Featherweights Sodiq Yusuff and Edson Barboza headline a Fight Night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Yusuff is one of many “Contender Series” graduates making an impact in the UFC. He’s 6-1 in the UFC with notable wins over Alex Caceres and Andre Fili with his sole loss against highly-touted contender Arnold Allen. He faces a staunch challenge in Barboza, one of the sport’s most battle-tested veterans. Barboza’s 13-year UFC tenure has produced some of the promotion’s greatest knockouts, including a spinning wheel kick against Terry Etim and a jump knee against Beneil Dariush.

UFC travel itinerary begins in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 21 for UFC 294. The pay-per-view is headlined by a UFC lightweight title rematch between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira. Afterwards, Jailton Almeida headlines a UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo. His original opponent Curtis Blaydes was reportedly replaced by Derrick Lewis, according to MMA Fighting, but UFC has not confirmed this. 

Finally, the promotion celebrates its 30-year anniversary at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic — arguably the greatest light heavyweight and heavyweight champions in UFC history, respectively — fight for Jones’ heavyweight title. A vacant light heavyweight tilt between Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira is also scheduled.

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Take a look below at the current UFC event schedule for 2023. Be sure to check back in on this page when we have more information on upcoming UFC events throughout the year.

Upcoming UFC Schedule

Event Date Main event Weight class Location TV
UFC Fight Night Oct. 14 Sodiq Yusuff vs. Edson Barboza Featherweight Las Vegas ESPN+
UFC 294 Oct. 21 Islam Makhachev (c) vs. Charles Oliveira 2 Lightweight title Abu Dhabi ESPN+ PPV
UFC Fight Night Nov. 4 Derrick Lewis vs. Jailton Almeida Heavyweight Sao Paulo ESPN+
UFC 295 Nov. 11 Jon Jones (c) vs. Stipe Miocic Heavyweight title New York City ESPN+ PPV
UFC Fight Night Nov. 18 Brendan Allen vs. Paul Craig Middleweight Las Vegas ESPN+
UFC 296 Dec. 16 Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington Welterweight Las Vegas ESPN+ PPV

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