UFC is back in the Big Apple on Saturday night with a loaded fight card set to mark a milestone occasion. UFC 295 lands inside Madison Square Garden with a pair of title fights atop the marquee in the sport’s heaviest divisions.
Jiri Prochazka vs. Alex Pereira tops the marquee for the vacant light heavyweight title while Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall square off for the interim heavyweight crown to mark UFC’s 30th anniversary.
Prochazka vs. Pereira was originally set to be the co-main event with heavyweight champion Jon Jones expected to defend his crown against Stipe Miocic. However, Jones suffered a torn pectoral muscle just weeks out from the event and was forced to withdraw.
Former UFC middleweight champion Pereira punched his ticket to the light heavyweight title after a successful 205-pound debut against former champ Jan Blachowicz. He will meet Prochazka, who never lost the championship but was forced to vacate it last year due to injury. Pereira is more motivated than usual as he looks to avenge his mentor Glover Teixeira, who lost the title to Prochazka in.
“I’m not going into this fight with mixed emotions about vengeance. I don’t want to play that game,” Pereira told CBS Sports this week. “I want to go with a very positive mindset. I’m going to fight with the mindset that they haven’t even fought before. But looking into the other side of being able to bring Glover his belt back and put it back in the gym, that means a lot to me.”
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Pavlovich and Aspinall could be a better look at the future of the heavyweight division as opposed to a pair of legends going for one last ride. Both men have devastating punching power as Pavlovich has scored six straight first-round TKOs while Aspinall has only seen the second round once in his seven appearances. Pavlovich was serving as the backup for Jones and Miocic should anything disastrous take place during fight week, but now he gets the chance to fight for gold and possibly set up a date with Jones in 2024.
The undercard features what could be some fun action matchups. Brazilians Mackenzie Dern and Jessica Andrade link up in a strawweight contest. Andrade, the former champion in the division, has fallen on hard times with three straight losses in 2023 all by stoppage. Lightweight strikers Benoit Saint-Denis and Matt Frevola should produce fireworks. And Pat Sabatini and Diego Lopes kick off the PPV when they clash in the featherweight division.
Below is the complete fight card for UFC 295 along with the latest odds. Check back all week long for the latest news, features and other content around this massive event.
UFC 295 fight card, odds, results
- Alex Pereira -125 vs. Jiri Prochazka +105, vacant light heavyweight title
- Tom Aspinall -110 vs. Sergei Pavlovich -110, interim heavyweight title
- Mackenzie Dern -220 vs. Jessica Andrade +180, women’s strawweights
- Benoit Saint-Denis -225 vs. Matt Frevola +185, lightweights
- Pat Sabatini -115 vs. Diego Lopes -105, featherweights
- Steve Erceg -205 vs. Alessandro Costa +170, flyweights
- Loopy Godinez -190 vs. Tabatha Ricci +160, women’s strawweights
- Mateusz Rebecki -700 vs. Roosevelt Roberts +500, lightweights
- Nazim Sadykhov -150 vs. Viacheslav Borschev +125, lightweights
- Jared Gordon -210 vs. Mark Madsen +175, lightweights
- John Castaneda def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Joshua Van def. Kevin Borjas via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jamal Emmers def. Dennis Buzukja via first-round TKO (punches)
UFC 295 info
- Date: Nov. 11
- Location: Madison Square Garden — New York City
- Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card)
- How to watch: ESPN+ PPV
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