Two titles will likely be on the road at UFC 297 this weekend, because the middleweight belt is defended after a brand new ladies’s bantamweight champion is topped.
In the primary occasion, Sean Strickland defends the middleweight gold for the primary time, having gained it from Israel Adesanya in a seismic upset in September. The controversial American goes up in opposition to South Africa’s Du Plessis, one month after the pair brawled within the crowd at UFC 296.
In the co-main occasion, Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva will vie for the vacant ladies’s bantamweight title, after Amanda Nunes relinquished the belt whereas retiring from MMA final yr.
American Pennington is driving a five-fight win streak, whereas Silva gained three in a row earlier than her submission victory over Holly Holm was overturned – a ruling that got here after the Brazilian examined constructive for a substance present in Ritalin. Bueno Silva argued that the substance had come from her ADHD remedy.
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When is UFC 297 and what time does it begin?
UFC 297 will happen on Saturday 20 January on the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
The early prelims are set to start at 11.30pm GMT (4.30pm PT, 6.30pm CT, 7.30pm ET), with the common prelims following at 1am GMT on Sunday 21 January (6pm PT, 8pm CT, 9pm ET on Saturday). The major card will then start at 3am GMT on Sunday (8pm PT, 10pm CT, 11pm ET on Saturday).
How can I watch it?
The card will air reside on TNT Sports within the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and web site additionally streaming the fights. In the US, ESPN+ will stream the motion reside, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.
If you’re travelling overseas and wish to watch the occasion, you may want a VPN to unblock your streaming app. Our VPN round-up is right here to assist and contains offers on VPNs out there. Viewers utilizing a VPN have to guarantee that they adjust to any native laws the place they’re and likewise with the phrases of their service supplier.
Strickland – 4/6
Du Plessis – 5/4
Full card (topic to vary)
Sean Strickland (C) vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight title)
Raquel Pennington vs Mayra Bueno Silva (vacant ladies’s bantamweight title)
Neil Magny vs Mike Malott (welterweight)
Dominick Reyes vs Carlos Ulberg (light-heavyweight)
Arnold Allen vs Movsar Evloev (featherweight)
Chris Curtis vs Marc-Andre Barriault (middleweight)
Brad Katona vs Garrett Armfield (bantamweight)
Charles Jourdain vs Sean Woodson (featherweight)
Serhiy Sidey vs Ramon Taveras (bantamweight)
Gillian Robertson vs Polyana Viana (ladies’s strawweight)
Yohan Lainesse vs Sam Patterson (welterweight)
Jasmine Jasudavicius vs Priscila Cachoeira (ladies’s flyweight)
Malcolm Gordon vs Jimmy Flick (flyweight)