Bad blood will come to the boil this weekend, as Sean Strickland defends the middleweight title in opposition to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297.
Strickland dethroned Israel Adesanya in September, outpointing the modern-day nice in one of many greatest upsets in UFC historical past. Now the controversial American makes his first title defence, in opposition to a person whom he has already fought as soon as – in a way.
Strickland and Du Plessis brawled within the crowd at UFC 296 in December, after the South African mocked Strickland over the alleged abuse that he suffered as a baby. Now the pair will get to settle their feud within the Octagon, as Du Plessis seems to be to construct upon his shock TKO of Robert Whittaker with one other massive win.
In the co-main occasion, Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva will conflict to crown a brand new girls’s bantamweight champion, after Amanda Nunes vacated the belt whereas retiring from MMA final yr.
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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 predominant 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 stay 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 stay, 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 consists of offers on VPNs out there. Viewers utilizing a VPN must guarantee that they adjust to any native rules the place they’re and likewise with the phrases of their service supplier.
Strickland – 4/6
Du Plessis – 5/4
Full card (topic to alter)
Sean Strickland (C) vs Dricus Du Plessis (middleweight title)
Raquel Pennington vs Mayra Bueno Silva (vacant girls’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 (girls’s strawweight)
Yohan Lainesse vs Sam Patterson (welterweight)
Jasmine Jasudavicius vs Priscila Cachoeira (girls’s flyweight)
Malcolm Gordon vs Jimmy Flick (flyweight)