Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White recently took to social media to announce the exciting lineup for the upcoming UFC 295 and UFC 296 events. UFC 295, scheduled for November 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York, will be headlined by Jon Jones’ first heavyweight title defense against fellow legend Stipe Miocic. Meanwhile, UFC 296 on December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will feature a long-awaited welterweight title clash between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington.
UFC 295 Co-Main Event: Light Heavyweight Title Bout
Dana White has declared that the vacant UFC light heavyweight title will be at stake in the co-main event of UFC 295. Alex Pereira will challenge Jiri Prochazka for the strap, which was vacated by Jamahal Hill back in June due to a ruptured Achilles. Pereira, also known as “Poatan,” won the middleweight title, lost it, and then moved up a weight class to defeat former champ Jan Blachowicz, earning his second title bid within a span of just six UFC outings. On the other hand, Prochazka has not competed in a year and a half, ever since he had to vacate the light heavyweight title due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.
UFC 296 Main Event: Welterweight Title Clash
The highly anticipated welterweight title clash between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington will finally take place as the main event of UFC 296. After Edwards’ title defense against Kamaru Usman in a trilogy bout earlier this year at UFC 286, Dana White has been adamant about Covington getting the next shot, much to the dismay of other elite 170-pounders.
UFC 296 Co-Main Event: Flyweight Title Bout
UFC 296 will also feature a flyweight title clash between Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval as the co-main event. The champion, Pantoja, will look to repeat history in the rematch after submitting Royval in Round 2 of their initial clash back in 2021. With such an action-packed lineup, both UFC 295 and UFC 296 promise to deliver thrilling battles for MMA fans around the world.