UFC 224 Nunes vs. Pennington is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on May 12, 2018, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Viva Brazil, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will look to defend her division title against venerable 135-pound contender Raquel Pennington in the five-round main event, while the all-Brazilian bangfest between Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida joins the Rio de Janeiro fight card. And let’s not forget the important middleweight co-main event showdown between Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum.
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224 UFC Live was initially targeting a UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship bout between the current champion Cris Cyborg and the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes to take place at this event and potentially serve as the headliner. However, Cyborg was instead scheduled for a title defense at UFC 222 in March and the plans were scrapped. In turn, it was announced on February 23 that Raquel Pennington would instead face Nunes for the bantamweight title.
Saturday 05.12.2018 at 10:00 PM ETU.S.
Broadcast: Pay Per View
Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
Venue: Jeunesse Arena
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A light heavyweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship title challengers Volkan Oezdemir and Glover Teixeira was briefly linked to take place the event. However, Oezdemir was pulled from that pairing in favor of a matchup with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Maurício Rua the following week at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman.
This is a list of events held and scheduled by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a mixed martial arts promotion based in the United States. UFC’s first event, UFC 1, took place on November 12, 1993. Each UFC event contains several fights. Traditionally, every event starts off with a preliminary card followed by a main card, with the last fight being known as the main event.
In May 2018, the UFC 224 Fight announced White would hold Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series weekly on UFC Fight Pass. As with the earlier web series Looking for a Fight, the goal of the series is for White to scout talent for the UFC. It was stated ahead of the license being approved that “this is not the UFC, this is not the UFC brand,” but instead a promotion that will allow up and coming fighters the chance to showcase their talents in hopes that one day they may compete in the UFC.
Also on the main card is BJJ star Mackenzie Dern, as she makes her second UFC appearances against Amanda Cooper. Bantamweight fan favorite John Lineker battles rising contender Brian Kelleher, while Vitor Belfort’s retirement fight kicks off the PPV, as “The Phenom” fights fellow former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.
Here’s the full fight card for UFC 224:
Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)
Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ronaldo Souza
Amanda Cooper vs. Mackenzie Dern
John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, FX)
Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson
Junior Albini vs. Alexey Oleynik
Nick Hein vs. Davi Ramos
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Sean Strickland
Preliminary Card (6 PM ET, UFC Fight Pass)
Warlley Alves vs. Sultan Aliev
Jack Hermansson vs. Thales Leites
Ramazan Emeev vs. Alberto Mina
James Bochnovic vs. Markus Perez