After all kinds of shuffling, including a fighter-proposed main event, a UFC-set main event, a change to the main event and a big fight falling off thanks to an injury, UFC 230’s lineup seems to be set.
(But this might be an event you don’t want to hold your breath for in case more changes are on the way in the next couple weeks.)
UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) puts his heavyweight title on the line against challenger Derrick Lewis (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC). The fight is a short-notice booking that came together after the UFC initially had set a vacant women’s flyweight title bout for the headliner between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks.
A previously booked lightweight showdown between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz is off thanks to a Poirier injury, making the new co-main event a middleweight rematch between former champions Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).
Also on the main card are three more middleweight bouts: former WSOF two-division champion David Branch (22-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) takes on Ronaldo Souza (25-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Jack Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) meets Karl Roberson (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and Israel Adesanya (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Derek Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) open up the pay-per-view portion.
The featured bout on the FS1 prelims is between featherweights Jason Knight (20-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) and Jordan Rinaldi (13-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC). Plus, Eubanks (3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) stays on the card against Roxanne Modafferi (22-14 MMA, 1-2 UFC) – not in the vacant title fight she thought she was going to have. The featured bout on UFC Fight Pass pits Matt Frevola (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Lando Vannata (9-3-1 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) at lightweight.
The full lineup for UFC 230 includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
- Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
- David Branch vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Jack Marshman vs. Karl Roberson
- Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
- Sijara Eubanks vs. Roxanne Modafferi
- Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
- Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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