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UFC 2022 schedule: All the big fights happening this year

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After one of the most successful and compelling years in UFC history, the mixed martial arts promotion continues to expand in 2022.

2021 saw Conor McGregor fight twice, marking his most active year since 2016. The Irishman lost every game to Dustin Poirier and suffered a horrific leg fracture in the last, but he is aiming for a summer return to the Octagon.

Elsewhere, newer stars like Israel Adesanya, Khamzat Chimaev and Sean O’Malley are looking to continue to raise their legacies and profiles, while featherweight queen Amanda Nunes will surely be looking to reclaim her bantamweight belt after losing it in a big upset in December Julianna Pena has lost .

Islam Makhachev continues to pursue his goal of becoming lightweight champion to follow in the footsteps of his close friend and cornerman Khabib Nurmagomedov as the men’s bantamweight division sees a unification match between their interim champion Petr Yan and official defending champion Aljamain Sterling will – The heavyweight title was unified in January when Francis Ngannou singled out Ciryl Gane.

Here are all the UFC events and fights announced for the coming weeks and months (maps subject to change):

Saturday, September 3 – UFC Fight Night – Accor Arena, Paris

Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane

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Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa (Heavyweight)

Robert Whittaker vs. Marvin Vettori (middleweight)

Nassourdine Imavov vs. Joaquin Buckley (middleweight)

Charles Jourdain vs. Nathaniel Wood (Featherweight)

Alessio di Chirico vs. Roman Kopylov (middleweight)

John Makdessi vs. Nasrat Haqparast (Lightweight)

Benoit Saint-Denis vs. Christos Giagos (Lightweight)

Zarah Fairn vs. Ailin Perez (Women’s Featherweight)

Saturday, September 10 – UFC 279 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Nate Diaz (left) and Khamzat Chimaev have agreed to a welterweight duel

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Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev (welterweight)

Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett (middleweight)

Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba (Light Heavyweight)

Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett (Heavyweight)

Chad Anheliger vs. Alatengheili (Bantamweight)

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida (Heavyweight)

Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed (Women’s Strawweight)

Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf (Women’s Featherweight)

Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson (Women’s Bantamweight)

Saturday, September 17 – UFC Fight Night – UFC Apex, Las Vegas

UFC bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen in action against Raphael Assuncao

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Cory Sandhagen vs. Song Yadong (Bantamweight)

Giga Chikadze vs. Sodiq Yusuff (Featherweight)

Joe Pyfer vs. Alen Amedovski (middleweight)

Anthony Hernandez vs Marc-Andre Barriault (Middleweight)

Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues (middleweight)

Tanner Boser vs. Rodrigo Nascimento Ferreira (Heavyweight)

Andre Fili vs. Lando Vannata (Featherweight)

Mariya Agapova vs. Gillian Robertson (Women’s Flyweight)

Maryna Moroz vs. Sijara Eubanks (Women’s Flyweight)

Loma Lookboonmee vs. Diana Belbita (Women’s Strawweight)

Saturday, October 22 – UFC 280 – Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi

Charles Oliveira (left) and Islam Makhachev will fight for the vacant lightweight belt

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Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev (vacant lightweight title)

Aljamain Sterling (C) vs. TJ Dillashaw (Bantamweight Title)

Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot (Lightweight)

Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley (Bantamweight)

Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady (Welterweight)

Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Lemos (Women’s Strawweight)

Saturday, November 12 – UFC 281 – Madison Square Garden, New York City

Israel Adesanya (C) vs. Alex Pereira (Middleweight Title)

Carla Esparza (C) vs. Weili Zhang (Women’s Strawweight Title)

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