The second half of 2022 is heating up in a big way for UFC. The promotion has had champions unexpectedly retain their titles, massive upsets and more drama than usual among its star athletes in the first eight months of the year.
Perhaps the biggest upset of the year came in August when Leon Edwards shocked the world with his head-kick knockout of pound-for-pound great Kamaru Usman in the final minute of their bout to claim the welterweight title. Edwards was down and likely headed to a decision loss in the rematch seven years in the making. But the thrilling finish shook up both the welterweight and Pound for Pound landscape.
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Now the calendar turns to October with some interesting cards on the docket. First up is a showdown at 115 pounds when Mackenzie Dern takes on Yan Xiaonan on Oct. 1. Then, Another women’s fight gets the main event treatment on Oct. 15 when Alexa Grasso takes on Viviane Araujo. It all leads up to the massive PPV event in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 22 when Islam Makhachev takes on Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 280.
Take a look below at the current UFC event schedule for 2022. Be sure to check back in on this page when we have more information on upcoming UFC events throughout the year.
Upcoming UFC ScheduleUFC Fight NightOct. 1Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan XiaonanWomen’s strawweightsLas VegasESPN+UFC Fight NightOct. 15Alexa Grasso vs. Viviane AraujoWomen’s flyweightsLas VegasESPN+UFC 280Oct. 22Charles Oliveira vs. Islam MakhachevLightweight titleAbu DhabiESPN+ PPVUFC Fight NightOct. 29Calvin Kattar vs. Arnold AllenFeatheweightsLas VegasESPN+UFC 271Nov. 12Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Alex PereiraMiddleweight titleNew YorkESPN+ PPVUFC Fight NightDec. 17Jared Cannonier vs. Sean StricklandMiddleweightsLas VegasESPN+