The UFC will make it’s debut on ESPN+ on January 19 with a fight card headlined by a flyweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo.
TJ Dillashaw will enter his title fight with the former Olympic Gold medalist on a four-fight win streak. TJ’s most recent wins came against Cody Garbrandt who he knocked out at both UFC 217 and UFC 227.
Having finally rid himself of his former teammate turned bitter rival “No Love“, “Killashaw” is now focused on becoming the promotions third male “champ champ”.
The octagon will return to Madison Square Garden Arena next month for the promotions UFC 230: Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis pay-per-view event.
The UFC 230 fight card, which takes place November 3 in New York City, is headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring reigning champion Daniel Cormier taking on surging division contender Derrick Lewis.
Following the removal of Diaz vs. Poirier from UFC 230, the promotion announced that a rematch between former UFC middleweight champions Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold would now serve as the evenings co-main event.
That announcement did not last long, as shortly after news broke that Luke Rockhold had suffered an injury and would no longer be able to compete against Weidman on November 3.
With that being said, the promotion was then forced to pull Jacare Souza from his scheduled bout with David Branch, and move the Brazilian into the co-main event of UFC 230 opposite Chris Weidman.
Jared Cannonier is now expected to replace Jacare Souza against David Branch at Madison Square Garden (Update: Branch vs. Cannonier is now official).
With the recent changes, November’s UFC 230: Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis pay-per-view lineup looks as follows:
UFC 230 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
•265 lbs.: Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Derrick Lewis – UFC Heavyweight Title fight
•185 lbs.: Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Weidman
•185 lbs.: David Branch vs. Jared Cannonier
•185 lbs.: Jack Marshman vs. Karl Roberson
•185 lbs.: Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson
UFC 230 Prelims on FS1 (8 p.m. ET):
•145 lbs.: Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
•125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Sijara Eubanks
•145 lbs.: Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
•170 lbs.: Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good
UFC 230 Prelims on Fight Pass (6:30 p.m. ET):
•155 lbs.: Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
•145 lbs.: Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
•135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
With that said, UFC President Dana White seems to have other ideas. The brash UFC boss recently stated that the promotion intends to have Tony Ferguson be the next man to challenge Khabib Nurmgagomedov for his lightweight title.
Prior to the setback, “No Time” had put together a five-fight win streak which saw him earn impressive stoppage victories over Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa.
Meanwhile, Anthony Smith has gone 2-0 since moving up to light heavyweight. “Lionheart” has scored first-round finishes over former division champions Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua during that stretch.
“The Russian Hammer” was initially slated to face Khabib Nurmagomedov’s teammate Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4 MMA) at UFC Moncton. However, the promotion pulled Tukhugov off of the fight card shortly following the Russians involvement in UFC 229’s now infamous post fight brawl.
“The Russian Hammer” will enter the contest having dropped four of his past six fights. Lobov’s most recent victory came at UFC Fight Night 99 in Ireland where he defeated Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision.
Meanwhile, Michael Johnson was last seen in action at August’s UFC Fight Night 135 event where he scored a split-decision victory over Andre Fili.
That victory snapped a three fight losing skid for “The Menace”, as Johnson has previously suffered defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Darren Elkins and Justin Gaethje respectively.
Get the full UFC Fight Night 138 lineup and start times below:
UFC Fight Night 138 Main Card @ 10 PM EST on FS1
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith
Artem Lobov vs. Michael Johnson
Misha Cirkunov vs. Patrick Cummins
Andre Soukhamthath vs. Jonathan Martinez
Ed Herman vs. Gian Villante
Court McGee vs. Alex Garcia
UFC Fight Night 138 Televised Prelims @ 8 PM EST on FS1
Nordine Taleb vs. Sean Strickland
Thibault Gouti vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Chris Fishgold vs. Calvin Kattar
Talita Bernardo vs. Sarah Moras
UFC Fight Night 138 Fight Pass Prelims @ 6:30 PM EST
T’e’Jovan Edwards vs. Don Madge
Arjan Bhullar vs. Marcelo Golm
Stevie Ray vs. Jessin Ayari
Who are you picking to win at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 138 event in Moncton?