UFC 297: Strickland vs. Du Plessis – The Showdown in Toronto – TONIGHT, live on ESPN+

At the stroke of 10 p.m. ET, the main spectacle unfolds on ESPN+ PPV, with the undercard battles commencing at 8 p.m. across ESPN+, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and SiriusXM Fight Nation 156. Those eager to catch every strike and takedown from the very beginning can tune into the early prelims at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+ and SiriusXM Fight Nation 156.

Main Event Melee

UFC’s middleweight kingpin, Sean Strickland, gears up to defend his throne for the first time since his triumph over Israel Adesanya last fall. His challenger? The No. 2-ranked menace, Dricus Du Plessis. This is a grudge match dripping with bad blood. Strickland, flaunting a 28-5 record with 11 knockouts under his belt, faces off against Du Plessis (20-2), who’s gunning to etch his name in history as the first South African born UFC champ.

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Co-Main Event Clash

In the co-main showdown, bantamweight powerhouses Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva duke it out for the vacant championship. These two warriors, Pennington (15-9) and Bueno Silva (10-2-1 1NC), both alumni of The Ultimate Fighter and Dana White’s Contender Series, are on a quest to extend their unbeaten streaks and snatch the title.

PPV Card Standouts

Neil Magny (28-12), the welterweight record holder with 21 UFC victories, aims to derail the express train that is Mike Malott (10-1-1), who’s riding a six-fight victory wave. Magny faces a formidable opponent in Malott, who boasts a flawless finish rate.

Middleweight Chris Curtis (30-10 1NC) squares off against the power-puncher Marc-Andre Barriault (16-6 1NC) in a match that promises fireworks.

Featherweight Arnold Allen (19-2), with a stellar record of 12 wins in his last 13 bouts, is pitted against the undefeated Movsar Evloev (17-0) in a clash that could redefine the division’s pecking order.

UFC 297: Strickland vs. Du Plessis – The Ultimate Showdown Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 20

  • 6:30 p.m.: The early birds get the first taste of action with Early Prelims on ESPN+ and SiriusXM Fight Nation 156.
  • 8 p.m.: The intensity ramps up with Prelims, presented by Bud Light, across ESPN+, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and SiriusXM Fight Nation 156.
  • 10 p.m.: Main Card mayhem begins on ESPN+ PPV in both English and Spanish.
  • 1 a.m.*: Unwind with the UFC 297 Post Show, brought to you by Cuervo on ESPN+. *Kicks off right after the Main Event.

Main Card & Prelims Breakdown

  • 10 p.m. Main Card Showdowns
    • Main Event: Sean Strickland (C) vs. Dricus Du Plessis for the UFC Men’s Middleweight Championship.
    • Co-Main Event: Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva battle for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship crown.
    • Undercard Fights: Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott; Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault; Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev.
  • 8 p.m. Prelim Highlights
    • Feature Bout: Brad Katona vs. Garrett Armfield.
    • Undercard Matches: Charles Jourdain vs. Sean Woodson; Serhiy Sidey vs. Ramon Taveras; Gillian Robertson vs. Polyana Viana.
  • 6:30 p.m. Early Prelim Clashes
    • Feature Fight: Yohan Lainesse vs. Sam Patterson.
    • Undercard: Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Priscila Cachoeira; Malcolm Gordon vs. Jimmy Flick.

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