A battle for the championship between undefeated middleweights Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa puts its punch on Saturday night’s UFC 253 event, but there are other high profile battles on the main map as well.
Dominick Reyes will face Jan Blachowicz for the vacant light heavyweight title, and top 10 flyweight contenders Kai Kara-France and Brandon Royval will tangle as they try to improve their places in the weight pecking order.
Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks and Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov are the other main card battles.
UFC 253 is hosted on “Fight Island” in the United Arab Emirates.
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UFC 253 Live Updates, Highlights from Israel Adesanya v Paulo Costa
10:39 p.m.: Dawodu wins in a separate decision. How he should have done it based on the way he held the pressure on round three.
10:36 pm: Dawodu landed the last round’s blow and kicked his opponent.
10:31 pm: Dawodu could have a slight edge in two rounds. But it’s really close.
10:28 pm: This was a tough fight. Dawodu and Tukhugov take big blows in Round 2.
Great battle to open the main map 🔥🔥
– Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) September 27, 2020
10:19 p.m .: The main card is officially underway in Round 1 of Dawodu vs Tukhugov.
10:14 pm: The fighters end their strikes.
10:06 pm: The first pay-per-view match that night is Hakeem Dawodu versus Zubaira Tukhugov at featherweight.
22 O `clock: Riddell decides unanimously and the preliminary rounds are over. The main map should start soon.
9:36 pm: One more fight until the main map begins.
9:35 pm: Jake Matthews unanimously beats Diego Sanchez.
8:48 pm: A bad kick from Klein takes Young away.
8:39 pm: Knight wins by unanimous decision.
8:30 p.m .: Knight almost beat Camur by the end of the second round.
8 pm: Welcome to UFC 253 Action! The first preliminary rounds just ended with a win for Juan Espino. William Knight versus Aleksa Camur is next.
UFC 253 results
Israel Adesanya (c) against Paulo Costa for Adesanya’s middleweight title
Dominick Reyes against Jan Błachowicz for the vacant light heavyweight title
Kai Kara-France versus Brandon Royval; Flyweights
Ketlen Vieira versus Sijara Eubanks; Bantam weights for women
Hakeem Dawodu def. Zubaira Tukhugov by separate decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Brad Riddell def. Alex Da Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Matthews def. Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Ľudovít small def. Shane Young from TKO
William Knight def. Aleksa Camur by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Juan Espino def. Jeff Hughes by submission
Danilo Marques def. Khadis Ibragimov by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
When does UFC 253 start?
Date: Saturday, September 26thEarly preparations: 7 p.m. ETFront page: 8 p.m. ETMain card: 10 p.m. ETLive broadcast: ESPN +
UFC 253 will take place on Saturday, September 26th. The first preliminary rounds start at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the preliminary rounds at 8 p.m. ET and the main pay-per-view card at 10 p.m. ET.
UFC 253 battle card
Israel Adesanya (c) versus Paulo Costa for Adesanya’s middleweight title Dominick Reyes versus Jan Błachowicz for the vacant light heavyweight title Kai Kara-France versus Brandon Royval; Flyweights Ketlen Vieira versus Sijara Eubanks; Women’s bantam weights Hakeem Dawodu versus Zubaira Tukhugov; Featherweights
Brad Riddell versus Alex Da Silva; Lightweights Diego Sanchez versus Jake Matthews; World champion weights Shane Young against Ľudovít Klein; Featherweights William Knight versus Aleksa Camur; light heavyweights Juan Espino versus Jeff Hughes; Heavyweights Khadis Ibragimov versus Danilo Marques; light heavyweights