5 biggest UFC fights to look forward to in April 2023 (2023)

Across two massive pay-per-views and two Fight Nights, the UFC delivered another month of scorching MMA action in March 2023, concluding an eventful first quarter for the promotion.

Fans are in for another action-packed month of MMA action in April, with the UFC 287 pay-per-view set to go down next weekend, followed by three Fight Nights.

A BIG month of fights on the way 🔥And it all starts with #UFC287 next Saturday! https://t.co/luLHh5zLw8

While the biggest fight of the month is undoubtedly the UFC 287 headliner between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya, there are a number of pivotal matchups to look forward to in April.

On that note, here are the five biggest UFC fights to look forward to in April 2023.

#5. Arman Tsarukyan vs. Renato Moicano

The final UFC event of the month will be underway at the promotion's Apex facility in Las Vegas, where ranked lightweights Arman Tsarukyan and Renato Moicano will clash in the main event.

Closing out April with a 𝑩𝑨𝑵𝑮𝑬𝑹 at 155 💥@ArmanUFC faces @MoicanoUFC on April 29th! https://t.co/hGHtvAkIWz

Arman Tsarukyan is widely considered the divisional dark horse at 155 pounds. Still just 26, the Armenian-Russian has emerged as a real threat to the lightweight title, with his only losses in the octagon coming against current champion Islam Makhachev on his debut and a razor-close decision against Mateusz Gamrot.

Tsarukyan occupies the No.8 spot in the rankings, five places ahead of his next opponent Renato Moicano, who has enjoyed a career resurgence since moving to the lightweight division. The 33-year-old Brazilian has been with the UFC since 2014 and is now blossoming as a 155-pound contender on the rise.

Both fighters are very well-rounded, which should make for an interesting and competitive bout. For Moicano, this is a chance to break into the top 10, and for Tsarukyan, adding a relatively big name to his résumé further bolsters his championship aspirations.

#5. Sergei Pavlovich vs. Curtis Blaydes

The penultimate UFC Fight Night in April will also take place at the UFC Apex and will be headlined by a high stakes heavyweight showdown between Curtis Blaydes and Sergei Pavlovich, with a shot at the undisputed title potentially on the line.

Top-5 heavyweights are set to take center stage 👊UFC is finalizing a heavyweight matchup between Sergei Pavlovich and Curtis Blaydes to headline an event on April 22, multiple sources told @bokamotoESPN. https://t.co/7ZFmVPCLQV

Both top-ranked heavyweights already have a case for a title shot. Curtis Blaydes has lost just one of his last eight fights, while Sergei Pavlovich is riding a scorching five-fight win streak, all finishes. They hold the No.4 and No.3 spots respectively in the rankings and the victor will clearly be next in line for the belt.

Newly-crowned heavyweight king Jon Jones is set to take on former champion Stipe Miocic in a blockbuster clash this summer. With both fighters being in the latter stages of their professional careers, they have teased the idea of retirement on occasion as well.

Nevertheless, Blaydes and Pavlovich have it all to play for later this month. Whether it's a shot at the winner of Jones vs. Miocic, or a vacant title, the winner here will certainly be in the mix.

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#5. Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal

The co-main event of the upcoming pay-per-view in Miami, Florida, pits one of the biggest stars in the UFC, Jorge Masvidal, against fellow fan favorite Gilbert Burns in a crucial welterweight clash for both fighters' careers. Both Masvidal and Burns are veterans of the game and are on the hunt for one last shot at gold.

The UFC 287 co-main event will be a battle between top welterweights Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal 🔥 https://t.co/cEDj8tBYGp

Jorge Masvidal is on the worst run of his professional career, but has only lost to the best in the sport. 'Gamebred' hasn't won a fight since going 3-0 back in 2019, with two losses to Kamaru Usman and a devastating defeat to bitter rival Colby Covington being his last three octagon appearances. Yet somehow, he's still in with a shot at hijaking a title shot.

Masvidal has history with current welterweight king Leon Edwards, but his No.11 spot in the rankings and recent run of results doesn't warrant a championship opportunity. A win over No.5-ranked Gilbert Burns is the perfect way to make a statement, but it won't come easy.

Burns represents the cream of the crop at 170 pounds. 'Durinho' has never backed down from a challenge and always puts on fantastic fights, which has seen his stock reach new heights over the last two years. The Brazilian is eager to earn another shot at gold and putting away a cult hero like Masvidal would certainly do wonders for his trajectory.

With both fighters being over 35, their time at the top is nearing its end, making this a career-changing and potentially career-making matchup.

#5. Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen

Max Holloway has never shied away from a tough matchup, and in doing so, has compiled a stellar résumé comprising a litany of world-class fighters and future Hall of Famers. The Hawaiian endured a heartbreaking loss in his last outing and will look to return to winning ways when he takes on surging Brit Arnold Allen next.

The featherweight duo will headline the UFC's return to Kansas City, where fans will be in for a cracker of a main event.

Triple A heading to #UFCKansasCity! 🇬🇧✈️🇺🇸Your official @BlessedMMA vs @Arnoldbfa poster has landed! https://t.co/oSYAMJOtEq

Max Holloway suffered his third defeat to Alexander Volkanovski last year, effectively ending his title aspirations for as long as the Australian remains the champion. Some speculated that a move up to lightweight would be next for 'Blessed', but he has admirably chosen to remain at 145 pounds.

Holloway is certainly in for a tough fight against Arnold Allen, who has never tasted defeat in the UFC. The 29-year-old Englishman is on a 12-fight win streak, with his solitary career loss coming way back in 2014. 'Almighty' sports an impressive 19-1 record, but injuries, inactivity, and his softspoken nature haven't really seen him break through with the masses.

A win over a fan-favorite like Holloway will certainly get the fans to take notice and all but guarantees a title shot. With featherweight champion Volkanovski set to defend his title against Yair Rodriguez later this year, Allen could seal his place in the next 145-pound title fight with a win later this month.

On the flipside, this is a do-or-die matchup for Holloway's goals in the featherweight division, and he couldn't have picked a tougher opponent.

#1. Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya 2 – UFC middleweight title fight

Former kickboxing foes and top UFC middleweights Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya will lock horns in the fourth chapter of their rivalry in the main event of UFC 287 in Miami, Florida, on April 8.

Adesanya is looking to re-claim his title and avenge his three prior losses to his boogeyman, 'Poatan', across two combat sports.

Alex Pereira holds two wins over Israel Adesanya in kickboxing, a controversial decision and a devastating knockout. As Adesanya carved out a legacy for himself in MMA, Pereira went on to become a two-division champion in GLORY before transitioning to MMA.

With just three wins in the UFC, Pereira was handed a title shot last year and pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat, finishing Adesanya in the final round of their championship clash. Considering 'The Last Stylebender's prior accomplishments inside the octagon, an immediate rematch was inevitable.

Adesanya can't afford to go 0-4 against Pereira across combat sports, and it certainly puts a stain on his legacy, just as Alexander Volkanovski did to Max Holloway. As the former middleweight champion admits, this is his "last shot," so expect fireworks in Miami this Saturday.

The stakes have never been higher for Izzy than at #UFC287 🙏 https://t.co/P4FH4uJtqS

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Where is the UFC going in 2023? ›

UFC Schedule - 2023
Apr 15UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. AllenT-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
Apr 8UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2Kaseya Center, Miami, FL
Mar 25UFC Fight Night: Vera vs. SandhagenAT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Mar 18UFC 286: Edwards vs. Usman 3O2 Arena (ENG), London, England
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Is there any big UFC fights coming up? ›

The next UFC event will take place for UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs.
UFC 289: Nunes vs. Aldana.
Weight ClassFight
Women's bantamweightAmanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena
LightweightCharles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush
WelterweightMike Mallot vs. Adam Fuggit
LightweightDan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr
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What is the most one sided UFC decision? ›

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Petz made his UFC debut at Ultimate Fight Night 6 against Sammy Morgan. He won via unanimous decision with one of the judges scoring the fight 30-23 including one of the only 10-7 rounds in UFC history. This is the most lopsided scorecard for a three-round fight in UFC history.

Who won the main event UFC? ›

UFC 288 Results: Aljamain Sterling, Belal Muhammad Headline Main Event Card Winners. It wasn't easy, but Aljamain Sterling closed out UFC 288 with a new career highlight in a split decision win over Henry Cejudo in the main event from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Will UFC ever be in Chicago? ›

According to UFC President Dana White, the promotion will return to Chicago on Jan. 28 for UFC on Fox 2. The event is expected to take place at the city's United Center. Initial rumors hinted that middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen was being targeted for the main event.

Will UFC return to Atlanta? ›

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Is the UFC a growing sport? ›

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has seen meteoric growth and popularity in the last several years, with viewers tuning in from all over the world and participating in the sport's unique blend of mixed martial arts.

How much do UFC tickets cost? ›

UFC Tickets
Jun 10, 2023 Sat 7:00pmUFC 289: Nunes vs. Aldana Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BCGet Tickets From $267
Jul 8, 2023 Sat 3:00pmUFC 290 T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas, NVGet Tickets From $602
Oct 21, 2023 Sat TBDUFC 294 Etihad Arena - Abu Dhabi, AEGet Tickets From

How many PPV does UFC do a year? ›

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Has a UFC champion ever lost by decision? ›

Injuries and losing the title

Cruz faced Cody Garbrandt on December 30, 2016, at UFC 207. After getting knocked down multiple times during the bout, Cruz lost the bout by unanimous decision. This was the first loss for Cruz in nearly 10 years.

What was the most brutal fight in UFC history? ›

  • Penn vs. Stevenson. UFC 80. BJ Penn wins via Submission, Rear Naked Choke Jan 2008.
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  • Arona vs. Sakuraba. Pride Critical Countdown 2005. ...
  • Sobral vs. Heath. UFC 74. ...
  • Sherk vs. Florian. UFC 64. ...
  • Velasquez vs. Silva. UFC 146. ...
  • Lombard vs. Hess. Bellator 12. ...
  • Koscheck vs. Lytle. UFC 86.

Has a UFC decision ever been overturned? ›

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Where is 288 in UFC? ›

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Who was the main event at UFC 1? ›

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Who won UFC 288 results? ›

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Will UFC come back to Florida? ›

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The UFC is headed back to Jacksonville this summer.

Why was UFC not in New York? ›

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Will UFC ever come to Michigan? ›

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Will Diaz leave UFC? ›

Nate Diaz's time with the UFC is officially over. At least for now. The longtime UFC fighter and one of the biggest stars in MMA has officially been removed from the UFC roster, promotion officials confirmed with ESPN on Tuesday.

Will the UFC come back to Utah? ›

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Is UFC ever in Atlanta? ›

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What's the fastest growing sport? ›

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What's the fastest growing sport in the world? ›

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Is UFC more popular than MLB? ›

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How much money do UFC referees make? ›

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Do you get paid if you lose a UFC fight? ›

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How much do UFC ring girls make? ›

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What is the highest PPV in history? ›

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Who owns UFC? ›

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How rich is McGregor? ›

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Who is the man who never lost a UFC? ›

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Is there a UFC fighter with no losses? ›

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Is there a UFC fighter that has never lost? ›

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Who has the craziest odds in UFC history? ›

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-1300 St. Pierre vs. +850 SerraUFC 692007.04.07
-1125 Nunes vs. +700 PeñaUFC 2692021.12.11
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Who has the hardest kicks in UFC history? ›

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What referee was removed in UFC? ›

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Who can stop a UFC fight? ›

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Can UFC overturn judges decision? ›

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Where is UFC 144? ›

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How to get 279 in UFC? ›

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Where was UFC 165? ›

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Did Dana White found UFC? ›

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How much did Dana White buy the UFC for? ›

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Does Dana White own UFC? ›

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Who won the UFC Sterling fight tonight? ›

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Did Overeem ever lose? ›

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Will UFC ever come to Detroit? ›

Promotional poster for Fighting Alliance Championship 14 to be held at the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes on May 20, 2022. DETROIT LAKES — Fighting Alliance Championship 14 is coming to Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena on May 20 and they are bringing UFC Fight Pass with it.

Will the UFC ever come back to Indianapolis? ›

The UFC is back in Indy on August 28... The Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading back to Indianapolis. The world's largest mixed martial arts organization announced today that it will host an event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Aug.

Will UFC ever come to Seattle? ›

A nearly seven-year drought in the Puget Sound is set to come to an end, though, according to UFC president Dana White. In an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle's Get in the Cage with Bob Stelton, White said the world's biggest MMA league will make its way to the Pacific Northwest in 2020.

Where is UFC 260 going to be? ›

UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMarch 27, 2021
VenueUFC Apex
CityEnterprise, Nevada, United States
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Could Joe Rogan be in the UFC? ›

Rogan is a legitimate martial artist and has worked for the UFC since UFC 12, however, he has never competed in the UFC, or any mixed martial arts contest, for that matter. He has competed in Taekwondo, holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and trains in a variety of martial arts.

How much are UFC tickets usually? ›

UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship ticket prices for currently scheduled events are starting as low as $267.00 with the most expensive prices ranging up to $6498.00. The average price to attend a UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship event is around $1518.00. The upcoming UFC 289: Nunes vs.

Did Dana White buy the UFC? ›

In January 2001, Lorenzo and his older brother Frank acquired the UFC for $2 million, which subsequently became a subsidiary of Zuffa. White was installed as the company's president. White said that when he and the Fertittas acquired the UFC, all they received was the brand name "UFC" and an old octagon.

Will UFC come back to Ohio? ›

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio.

Is UFC Fight Night free? ›

One significant draw with UFC Fight Night events is that they're streaming for free, and not on a pay-per-view system.

Has UFC been to Salt Lake City? ›

Background. The event was the first that the organization has hosted in Utah. The promotion previously scheduled an event for Salt Lake City in August 2010 for UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko.

Will the UFC come to Oregon? ›

In an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle's Bob Stelton on the Get in the Cage podcast, Dana White revealed the promotion's plans to bring the Octagon to the state of Washington and Oregon.

Will Ngannou return to UFC? ›

“No,” White responded when asked on The Pat McAfee whether a UFC return for Ngannou is a possible. "We worked with this guy [Francis Ngannou] for two years, we tried to get him a fight. "He's absolutely impossible to deal with. He's – no, he'll never be in the UFC again.

Why is Ngannou leaving UFC? ›

Ngannou is currently a free agent after failing to come to terms with the UFC on a new deal. As a result, his heavyweight championship was relinquished, and now Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane will battle for the vacant belt in Saturday's UFC 285 headliner at T-Mobile Arena.

Where will UFC 275 be held? ›

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The Singapore Indoor Stadium, known exonymously as the Indoor Stadium, is an indoor arena located in Kallang, Singapore. It is within walking distance of the Singapore National Stadium, and collectively form a part of the wider Singapore Sports Hub.

Where is UFC 279 happening? ›

T-Mobile Arena


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