The UFC returns with its first major event in 2024. The PPV year begins north of the border when UFC 297 lands at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night, as the promotion returns to Toronto for its first PPV in five years. There are two title fights at the top of the list, with the centerpiece being a tough battle between middleweight champion Sean Strickland and top contender Doricas du Plessis.
The two top 185-pound fighters have gotten to this point during a period of transition for the weight class. Israel Adesanya's long title reign came to an end when he faced Alex Pereira, and the two continued their rivalry from kickboxing to MMA. Adesanya then regained the belt with a shocking TKO win, but returned to the Octagon late last year and suffered a crushing loss to Strickland. Now, Strickland will be looking to bring stability to the top of the division against a new challenger in Du Plessis, who earned this opportunity with a stunning TKO victory over Robert Whittaker last year.
Overshadowed by all this drama is his second title fight at UFC 297. Raquel Pennington and Maira Bueno Silva will compete for the vacant UFC women's bantamweight title. Former two-division champion Amanda Nunes successfully defended her title against Irene Aldana at UFC 289 in Vancouver, Canada's other major city, and her title has been vacated following her retirement. Ta.
Pennington, 35, is on a five-fight winning streak, the longest of his career. The last two were the most important in winning decisions against Aspen Ladd and Ketlen Vieira. Silva, on the other hand, has lost just once in his last seven Octagon appearances. She earned a submission victory over her former titleholder Holly Holm last July, but the result was overturned due to her failing a drug test. Without that, Silva is on a four-fight win streak, with her last three fights all by submission.
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It may not be the deepest card, but there are fights on the undercard that are worth fans' attention. A number of Canadian prospects will be in action on Saturday, including welterweight Mike Marotte, who will extend his winning streak against veteran Neil Magny. Additionally, Marc-Andre Barrio will face rising middleweight Chris Curtis, with both men looking to establish themselves in the changing landscape of 185 pounds. And a fun featherweight match is in store for the PPV opener as Movsar Evloev takes on Arnold Allen at featherweight as both men aim to climb the ranking ladder.
Below is the complete fight card and latest odds for UFC 297. Check back all week long for the latest news, features and other content about this massive event.
UFC 297 fight card, odds
- Sean Strickland (c) -110 vs. Doricas du Plessis -110, middleweight title
- Maira Bueno Silva -170 vs. Raquel Pennington +145, women's bantamweight title
- Mike Malott -370 vs. Neil Magny +290, welterweight
- Chris Curtis -190 vs. Marc-Andre Barrio +160, middleweight
- Mokhsar Evloev -200 vs. Arnold Allen +170, featherweight
- Brad Katona -210 vs. Garrett Armfield +175, Bantamweight
- Charles Jourdan -205 vs. Sean Woodson +170, Featherweight
- Serhiy Saidi -180 vs. Ramon Taveras +155, bantamweight
- Gillian Robertson -320 vs. Poliana Viana +250, women's strawweight
- Johan Reines -150 vs. Sam Patterson +125, welterweight
- Jasmine Jasdavicius -380 vs. Priscilla Cachoeira +300, women's flyweight
- Malcolm Gordon -220 vs. Jimmy Flick +180, flyweight
UFC 297 information
- date: January 20th
- position: Scotiabank Arena — Toronto
- Starting time: 10pm ET (main card)
- How to watch: ESPN+PPV
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