UFC 224: Full fight card and preview for Rio de Janeiro event

UFC 224: Full fight card and preview for Rio de Janeiro event

The UFC returns this week for UFC 224 which will be held on May 12, 2018, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The main event features a women’s bantamweight title bout between current champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Raquel Pennington.

Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington

After winning the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 200 via first-round submission over Miesha Tate, Nunes has successfully defended the title twice since. A first-round TKO win over former bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey and a tight split decision win over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215 has Nunes looking for her third straight defence at UFC 224.

Pennington has won four straight in the UFC, earning her a shot at the bantamweight title. A submission win over Jéssica Andrade at UFC 191 was followed by three decision wins over Bethe Correia, Elizabeth Phillips and Miesha Tate most recently at UFC 205.

The co-main event features a top-ranked middleweight clash as #2 ranked Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza takes on #5 ranked Kelvin Gastelum.

Following a second-round KO loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC on FOX 24, ‘Jacare’ rebounded last time out, earning a first-round KO win over Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC on FOX 27.

After a third-round submission loss to former champion Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25, Gastelum also rebounded last time out, earning a first-round KO win over former champion Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 122.

Also featured on the main card is a women’s strawweight bout between Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Cooper, a bantamweight bout between John Lineker and Brian Kelleher while a middleweight bout kicks off the PPV card as Brazilian MMA legends Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida square off.

The preliminary card which will air on FX will be headlined by a middleweight clash between Cezar Ferreira and Karl Roberson while a welterweight clash pitting Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Sean Strickland kick things off on FX.

The UFC Fight Pass preliminary card will be topped by a welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and Sultan Aliev while another 185lb bout kicks off the show in Rio as Markus Perez takes on James Bochnovic in the curtain jerker of the evening.

Check out the full fight card for the event below:

MAIN CARD (PPV)

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Raquel Pennington for the UFC women’s bantamweight title
Ronaldo Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Cooper
John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)

Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson
Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Júnior Albini
Davi Ramos vs. Nick Hein
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Sean Strickland

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS)

Warlley Alves vs. Sultan Aliev
Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson
Alberto Mina vs. Ramazan Emeev
Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic

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