UFC fight schedule 2018: Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov headlines upcoming PPVs
UFC looks to keep its PPV schedule rolling -- and together -- after a rough start to 2018
UFC is off to another busy year after kicking off 2018 with a huge PPV in UFC 220 whereset the title defense record for the division with a unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou. Then, Cris Cyborg made lightwork of challenger Yana Kunitskaya to retain her women's featherweight title while Brian Ortega became the first person to stop Frankie Edgar in the co-main event. Finally at UFC 223, when all else failed, Khabib Nurmagomedov was finally crowned the lightweight king when he dismantled Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn, New York.
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We also got to see one of the top middleweight fights of the year when Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero battled over 25 grueling minutes of action in Chicago at UFC 225. Now the company heads into its summer schedule hoping to keep its marquee PPV event of the year intact.
In July, we saw the first heavyweight superfight when Miocic took on light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title. That showdown concluded with Cormier sending the UFC world into shock when he knocked out Miocic in the first round to become the promotions second simultaneous two-division champion in history.
In September, we saw welterweight champion Tyron Woodley assert his dominance over the 170-pound division with a terrific display against newcomer Darren Till.
Now as we head down the backstretch of 2018, we still have plenty of fights left to be excited about.
UFC 229 will bring us the fight everyone is waiting for. In the main event in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor will make his return to the Octagon to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title he never truly lost. Plus, former interim champion Tony Ferguson squares off with Anthony Pettis in the co-main event in a fight that should determine who fights the winner of McGregor-Nurmagomedov. Then, UFC makes its return to Madison Square Garden in November with UFC 230, which has yet to announce a main event.
Here's the full schedule with more fights still to be determined.
UFC 2018 schedule
|UFC Fight Night Brazil||Eryk Anders vs. Thiago Santos||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Sept. 22||FS1|
|Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor||Las Vegas, Nevada||Oct. 6||PPV|
|UFC Fight Night Moncton||Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith||Moncton, Canada||Oct. 27||FS1|
|UFC 230||TBD||New York City||Nov. 3||PPV|
|UFC Fight Night 25th Anniversary||Frankie Edgar vs. Korean Zombie||Denver||Nov. 10||FS!|
|UFC Fight Night Buenos Aires||Neil Magny vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Nov. 17||FS1|
|UFC Fight Night China||Francis Ngannou vs. Curtis Blaydes||Beijing, China||Nov. 24||Fight Pass|
|The Ultimate Fighter Finale||TBD||Las Vegas||Nov. 30||FS1|
|UFC Fight Night Adelaide||TBD||Adelaide, Australia||Dec. 1||FS1|
|UFC 231||TBD||Toronto, Canada||Dec. 8||PPV|
|UFC Fight Night Milwaukee||TBD||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Dec. 15||Fox|
|UFC 232||Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Amanda Nunes||Las Vegas||Dec. 29||PPV|
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