Dana White has given MMA fans an early Christmas present by sharing some exciting fight news. The UFC president announced a lineup of upcoming fights, including three that are set for UFC 300.
Thursday night saw Dana White take to social media to share details on seven upcoming fights scheduled for the first quarter, including UFC 300. Among these matchups, some are already well-known, while others introduce entirely new pairings to the mix.
At UFC 298 in February, Robert Whittaker will face Paulo Costa in a middleweight bout, whereas Ian Garry will battle Geoff Neal.
Whittaker recently suffered a TKO loss to Du Plessis. Meanwhile, Costa is making a comeback after an 18-month lay-off, having secured his last victory with a decision win against Luke Rockhold. He was most recently scheduled to face Chimaev in October, but he had to withdraw due to an injury.
Also in February, Brandon Moreno will headline UFC Mexico City against rising featherweight contender Amir Albazi. The co-main event will feature a featherweight rematch between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez.
Ortega and Rodriguez faced off in July 2022, but ‘T-City’ suffered a shoulder injury in the first round. Since then, he hasn’t stepped into the ring. Meanwhile, Rodriguez became the interim champ but later lost to Alexander Volkanovski in their title unification bout by TKO.
In March, Erin Blanchfield will take on Manon Fiorot in a flyweight title eliminator at UFC Atlantic City. Blanchfield is riding high after a victory over Taila Santos, whereas Fiorot is also coming off a win against Rose Namajunas.
At UFC 300 in April, Jiri Prochazka will look to bounce back into the win column against Aleksandar Rakic in the light heavyweight division. These two fighters agreed to the bout through social media, and it’s also officially confirmed.
Former bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling, will also feature at UFC 300, where he’ll face Calvin Kattar in his featherweight debut. Last but not least, Bo Nickal will make his return against Cody Brundage.