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Fresh off the back of one of the best UFC cards of the year with 10 finishes in 10 fights at the UFC Apex last Saturday night, the UFC’s plans for the rest of the year have been revealed to the world.

It’s already been a solid year so far, with UFC London’s debut card one of the highlights of a year that has included a third showdown between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski, with Francis Ngannou showing off his scoring prowess. fight against Cyril Gane and Charles Oliveira continuing his impressive run at the top of the lightweight division.

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These are some of the finest events to watch before the end of the year.

UFC 278 – Usman vs. Edwards (August 20)

We’re back in Salt Lake City, Utah for only the second time in UFC history. Headlining a battle for the world welterweight championship between pound-for-pound number one Kamaru Usman and Birmingham’s Leon Edwards. This rematch had been destined since the pair first met in 2015, when Usman handed ‘Rocky’ his third, and still most recent loss.

Edwards can become Britain’s second UFC champion after Michael Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold in 2018, and Rockhold returns once again to fight in the co-main event against middleweight contender Paulo Costa. Somehow Jose Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili were also down to a three-round fight on the main card, and it should be a superb scrapping night in the Mormon State.

UFC Paris – Gane vs. Tuivasa (September 3)

The Accor Arena opens its doors to the UFC for the first-ever French event, with MMA banned from the country until January 2020. Headlining Cyril Gane, fighting for the first time in his country natal against one of the greatest personalities in the world. heavyweight division right now, Tai Tuivasa. Gane was dispatched by Francis Ngannou last time out, but the Frenchman was rated highly with his agility and striking, making him one of the fastest fighters in the division.

Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa is a bit different, a former Sydney Roosters forward who left the NRL for MMA. Tuivasa is one of the most exciting heavyweights to watch right now with insane punching power, a granite chin and an iconic celebration with the “Shoey”. Five straight knockouts in his last five fights have led him to title contention, and Paris should be a great card.

Also featured on the card is fellow Australian Robert Whittaker taking on Italian Marvin Vettori in the co-main event. It’s an exciting time for European Mixed Martial Arts, and long may it continue.

UFC 279 – Chimaev vs. Diaz (September 10)

Just a week after a trip to Paris, a crazy PPV card kicks off in Las Vegas. Headlining this event is UFC’s next big star, Khamzat Chimaev facing cage legend Nate Diaz in his last contracted UFC bout.

It’s a shift of epic proportions, with Chimaev clearly flying through the welterweight division with a target on Kamaru Usman’s head, but Nate Diaz remains one of the biggest names in the sport thanks to an illustrious fighting history. epics and a bad-boy attitude worthy of such a maverick. It will be sad to see the back of such a great fighter like Diaz, but this is one last chance to shake up the division he used to terrorize.

Khamzat has already promised to put Diaz in a coffin, and that his last outing will be his funeral. It should be a great performance from both men and although there is no title on the line, it will be one of the most watched fights of the year regardless.

UFC 280 – Oliveira vs. Makhachev (October 22)

The promotion returns to Abu Dhabi once again in what looks to be the best card you’ll watch this year, on paper. Two Championship headliners Charles Oliveira v Islam Makhachev and Aljamain Sterling v TJ Dillashaw headline a card filled with class acts. Nikita Krylov and Volkan Oezdemir feature, Beneil Dariush takes on Mateusz Gamrot, Belal Muhammad takes on Sean Brady, and an unofficial Petr Yan co-event takes on Sean O’Malley.

It’s an insane bunch of single card fights and there could be more events announced with a few fighters from the British Isles hoping to sneak in like Muhammad Mokaev did when fighting Malcolm Gordon. Those who fail to make it in time will more than likely fight at UFC 282 in December instead.

UFC 281 – Adesanya vs. Pereira (November 12)

The grudge match has finally been announced. Ever since Israel Adesanya won his middleweight belt, there have been talks about Alex Pereira coming to the UFC to fight Izzy and knock him off his perch again.

Pereira has beaten Adesanya twice in their previous clashes, once by unanimous decision and another by third-round knockout, the only time the champion has been knocked out so far. The Brazilian was signed to the UFC in 2021 and has won three times so far, once with a flying knee, once by decision and his last victory against Sean Strickland was a totally devastating knockout.

Pereira isn’t the perfect fighter and isn’t as polished at picking up wins as Adesanya, but a man with as much power as he has at 185 pounds is terrifying to any opponent.

Other fights reportedly scheduled for the night at Madison Square Garden include Michael Chandler vs. Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson vs. Dan Hooker. Paddy Pimblett has already taken MSG out of his sight, citing that the “taxman” would take too much money out of his purse, meaning a fight in New York wouldn’t be worth it.

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