UFC® 302 Ignites Newark with Makhachev vs. Poirier Showdown

UFC® is set to electrify Newark, N.J., once more with UFC® 302, spotlighting a headlining bout between lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and the No. 4 ranked contender, Dustin Poirier. The event promises an evening of high-intensity clashes, including a crucial five-round co-main event featuring No. 1 middleweight contender Sean Strickland against the seventh-ranked Paulo Costa.

Scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at the Prudential Center, the main card will kick off on ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET. Fight fans can catch the preliminaries on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, with the early prelims available on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Returning to the venue that set the record for the highest-grossing live sporting event with UFC® 288, UFC® 302 marks the tenth appearance at this iconic arena since 2007. Tickets for this explosive event go on sale Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. ET and can be acquired through Ticketmaster.com. UFC newsletter subscribers have exclusive early access to tickets from Thursday, April 18.

Islam Makhachev (25-1), fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia, enters the cage aiming to extend his winning streak to fourteen after a dominant knockout against Alexander Volkanovski. As the top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter globally, Makhachev is not just defending his title but seeking to solidify his legacy against another top contender.

Dustin Poirier (30-8 1NC), hailing from Coconut Creek, Florida, steps into the octagon hungry for the undisputed lightweight championship. Fresh off a knockout win against Benoit Saint Denis, Poirier has previously triumphed over notables like Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler.

In the co-main event, former UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland (28-6) from Corona, California, is determined to reclaim his path to the title with a win over Paulo Costa, known for his dynamic power and impressive victories over fighters like Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.

UFC® 302 is shaping up to be a night of monumental fights, showcasing elite talent and thrilling narratives, all set against the backdrop of Newark’s electrifying atmosphere at the Prudential Center.

Current bouts also on the card include:

In the heavyweight division, No. 7 contender Jailton Almeida from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will go head-to-head with Alexander Romanov from Comrat, Moldova. This fight is scheduled for three five-minute rounds, setting the stage for a clash of titanic forces.

The welterweight category will see an engaging fight as Octagon veteran Randy Brown from Queens, New York, takes on Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos from Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. Both fighters are known for their dynamic fighting styles and will undoubtedly put on a thrilling show.

Flyweights HyunSung Park from Phuket, Thailand, and Dana White’s Contender Series alum Andre Lima from Guarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil, will battle it out, each looking to maintain their unbeaten records. This fight is a rare matchup of emerging talents with perfect records, adding an extra layer of anticipation.

Niko Price from Cape Coral, Florida, will face Alex Morono from Houston, Texas, in another welterweight bout. This matchup promises a gritty confrontation with both fighters known for their aggressive and unyielding approach.

In the middleweight division, a significant fight is set between No. 9 contender Roman Dolidze from Batumi, Georgia, and No. 12 Anthony Hernandez from Dunnigan, California. Both fighters are at a critical point in their careers, making this an important bout for their trajectory in the UFC®.

Another middleweight confrontation features Dana White’s Contender Series alum Cesar Almeida from São Paulo, Brazil, against Roman Kopylov from Novosibirsk, Russia. Both fighters bring unique skills to the Octagon, aiming to climb the ranks with a victory.

Bantamweights Ailin Perez from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Joselyne Edwards from Panama City, Panama, are set to conclude their rivalry. This fight is expected to be a tactical battle with both fighters looking to assert their dominance and settle scores.

Sumudaerji from Aba, Sichuan, China, faces “The Fearless” Joshua Van from Houston, Texas, in a flyweight bout. Sumudaerji’s striking prowess meets Van’s dynamic skill set, setting up a fascinating stylistic matchup.

In the lightweight division, Grant Dawson from Coconut Creek, Florida, will compete against Joe Solecki from Wilmington, North Carolina. Both are Dana White’s Contender Series alumni with strong grappling backgrounds, promising a high-stakes grappling duel.

Lastly, welterweights Phil Rowe from Orlando, Florida, and Jake Matthews from Epping Victoria, Australia, are set to engage in a three-round battle. Both are well-rounded fighters, making this a balanced and unpredictable bout.

Mickey Gall from Green Brook, New Jersey, returns to the Octagon against Bassil Hafez from Denver, Colorado. Gall, a local favorite, aims to make a significant impact in front of his home crowd.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • Main Card Start Time: 10 p.m. ET (USA) / 3 a.m. GMT (UK)
  • Prelims Start Time: 8 p.m. ET (USA) / 1 a.m. GMT (UK)
  • Early Prelims Start Time: 6 p.m. ET (USA) / 11 p.m. GMT (UK)
  • Streaming: Main card on ESPN+ PPV, Prelims on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+
  • Tickets: Available at Ticketmaster.com

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