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For all that happened throughout the week, UFC 279 was a decent deal. After the event was reshuffled on 24 hours’ notice, Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev – the original headliners – ended the night with victories over Tony Ferguson and Kevin Holland, respectively. With this map now behind us, we can look at what we have ahead of us on the calendar ahead.
The UFC has announced or finalized five fights this week, and a highly anticipated clash between two of the world’s top lightweights is scheduled.
Get ready, guys. It should be fun. Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler is ultimately official (thanks for plant the seed, Gilbert Burns!). The lightweights are set to share the Octagon at UFC 281, the next pay-per-view event scheduled for Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Poirier returns for his first appearance of 2022. The ‘Diamond’ hasn’t fought since suffering a third-round rear-end choke loss to former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last December.
Chandler ended a two-fight losing streak with a “KO of the Year” contender after finishing the aforementioned Ferguson with a front kick at UFC 274 last May.
UFC Fight Night – September 17
Loma Lookboonmee vs. Denise Gomes – Women’s Strawweight
UFC 281 – November 12
Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman – middleweight
First representative. by Petroski on Instagram
Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler – lightweight
First representative. by Ariel Helwani and later confirmed by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto
UFC 282 — December 10
Darren Till vs. Dricus du Plessis – middleweight
First representative. by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto
Cage Warriors fights announced:
Cage Warriors 143 – September 23
Jeff Craig vs. Chasen Blair – welterweight
Tyler Escoto vs. Orlando Sanders – welterweight
John de Jesus vs. Brandon Laroco – featherweight
Brian Mitchell vs. Robert Hernandez – featherweight
Cage Warriors 144 – October 7
Jasmine Favero vs. Awa Sow – Women’s Bantamweight
Cage Warriors 145 – November 4
Cameron Else vs. Nathan Fletcher – bantamweight
Caolan Loughran vs. Luke Shanks – bantamweight
Cage Warriors 146 – November 12
Manny Akpan vs. Dean Trueman – featherweight
Gavin Hughes vs. Chris Bungard – lightweight
Reece McEwan vs. Adam Wilson – bantamweight
KSW fights announced:
KSW 75 — October 14
Ibragim Chuzhigaev vs. Ivan Erslan – light heavyweight
Robert Ruchała vs. Damian Stasiak – featherweight
KSW 76 — November 12
Marian Ziółkowski vs. Salahdine Parnasse — lightweight