The UFC lightweight championship is not the only thing at stake when Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski meet in the center of the Octagon at UFC 284 on Saturday, Feb. 11. The two champions will fight for the right to call themselves the UFC’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter.
Makhachev set his sights on further glory after beating Charles Oliveira to capture the UFC lightweight championship. Khabib Nurmagomedov, Makhachev’s coach at the time, announced their intention to fight Volkanovski in enemy territory with something at stake for each man. Makhachev, considered by most among the P4P elite, will wager his lightweight title while Volkanovski will risk his spot as the current pound-for-pound best. Volkanovski will have home-field advantage in Australia.
Things continue to heat up in March. First, the vacant heavyweight title is on the line when Jon Jones makes his long-awaited debut in the division against Ciryl Gane. The matchup comes as it was announced that Francis Ngannou has been stripped of his title and released from his contract. Jones will make the walk to the Octagon for the first time since February 2020. Two weeks later, an epic trilogy comes to a head in London when welterweight champion Leon Edwards takes on Kamaru Usman.
Take a look below at the current UFC event schedule for 2023. 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 NightFeb. 4Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei SpivacHeavyweightsLas VegasESPN+UFC 284Feb. 11Islam Makhachev (c) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (c)Lightweight titlePerth, AustraliaESPN+ PPVUFC Fight Night
Marlon Vera vs. Cory Sandhagen
UFC 285March 4Jon Jones vs. Ciryl GaneHeavyweight titleLas VegasESPN+ PPVUFC Fight Night
Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili
ESPN+UFC 286March 18Leon Edwards (c) vs. Kamaru UsmanWelterweight titleLondonESPN+ PPV