The second half of 2022 is heating up in a big way for UFC. The promotion has had champions unexpectedly retain their titles, massive upsets and more drama than usual among its star athletes in the first eight months of the year.
Perhaps the biggest upset of the year came in August when Leon Edwards shocked the world with his head-kick knockout of pound-for-pound great Kamaru Usman in the final minute of their bout to claim the welterweight title. Edwards was down and likely headed to a decision loss in the rematch seven years in the making. But the thrilling finish shook up both the welterweight and Pound for Pound landscape.
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Now the calendar turns to October with some interesting cards on the docket. First up is a showdown at 115 pounds when Mackenzie Dern takes on Yan Xiaonan on Oct. 1. Then, Another women's fight gets the main event treatment on Oct. 15 when Alexa Grasso takes on Viviane Araujo. It all leads up to the massive PPV event in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 22 when Islam Makhachev takes on Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 280.
Take a look below at the current UFC event schedule for 2022. 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. 1||Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan||Women's strawweights||Las Vegas||ESPN+|
|UFC Fight Night||Oct. 15||Alexa Grasso vs. Viviane Araujo||Women's flyweights||Las Vegas||ESPN+|
|UFC 280||Oct. 22||Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev||Lightweight title||Abu Dhabi||ESPN+ PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||Oct. 29||Calvin Kattar vs. Arnold Allen||Featheweights||Las Vegas||ESPN+|
|UFC 271||Nov. 12||Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Alex Pereira||Middleweight title||New York||ESPN+ PPV|
|UFC Fight Night||Dec. 17||Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland||Middleweights||Las Vegas||ESPN+|