The 2024 UFC season is set to kick off in style with three title fights announced by the league’s president, Dana White, on his social media platforms. Champions Sean Strickland, Alexander Volkanovski, and Sean O’Malley will defend their belts in January, February, and March, respectively.
Sean Strickland, the new middleweight (84 kg) champion, will make his first title defense in January against Dricus du Plessis, the number 2 ranked fighter in the division. The main event of UFC 297 is scheduled for January 20th in Toronto, Canada.
In the UFC 298 event, set for February, Alexander Volkanovski will aim to keep his featherweight (66 kg) title after an unsuccessful attempt to win the lightweight (70 kg) title in October of this year. His opponent will be Ilia Topuria, ranked fifth in the UFC’s featherweight division.
In March, at UFC 299, Sean O’Malley will make his first bantamweight (61 kg) title defense against Ecuadorian fighter Marlon Vera, who holds the sixth position in the division’s top 15 rankings.
In addition to the action-packed start of 2024, the two remaining numbered events of this season also promise thrilling fights. At UFC 295, taking place in New York on December 11th, Alex Poatan and Jiri Prochazka will compete for the light heavyweight (93 kg) championship, while Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall will battle for the interim heavyweight title.
In the final numbered event of 2023, set for December 16th, flyweight (57 kg) champion Alexandre Pantoja will face Brandon Royval in the co-main event, while the main event of UFC 296 will feature Colby Covington attempting to dethrone Leon Edwards, the current welterweight (77 kg) champion.
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