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Highlights

  • UFC 297 will feature title bouts in the middleweight and vacant women’s bantamweight divisions.
  • The event will take place in Toronto, Canada, on January 20th, with the main card starting at 10:00 PM ET.
  • Fans can watch the event on various networks depending on their location, such as UFC Fight Pass, ESPN+, and TNT Sports Box Office.


Fans are now just a few weeks away from UFC 297 and a pair of title bouts. In the main event, Sean Strickland will look to make the first title defense of his middleweight championship reign against the rising Dricus du Plessis. The co-main event sees the vacant women’s bantamweight title up for grabs, as Mayra Bueno Silva takes on Raquel Pennington.

The rest of the card features the return of names such as Neil Magny, Arnold Allen, Chris Curtis, and more. For those who are looking forward to watching the event, here’s all the information you need to tune into UFC 297!

Note: All odds were provided by BestFightOdds.

UPDATE: 2024/01/20 03:24 EST BY FRANK YEMI

During the weigh-ins, Ramon Taveras and Malcolm Gordon failed to make weight. Taveras recorded a weight of 139.75 pounds, exceeding the bantamweight non-title fight limit by three and three-quarters pounds. Gordon, on the other hand, weighed in at 127.5 pounds, surpassing the flyweight non-title fight limit by one and a half pounds. The bouts are set to continue at catchweight, with Taveras forfeiting 30% and Gordon 20% of their purses. These penalties will be awarded to their respective opponents, Serhiy Sidey and Jimmy Flick.

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When & Where Is UFC 297 Taking Place?

The UFC Will Return To Canada

Sean Strickland

UFC 297 is currently scheduled to go down on January 20th, at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The event will be the promotion’s first trip there since UFC 231, which took place in 2018.

The event itself is set to get going with the early prelims at 6:00 PM ET. However, the pay-per-view main card won’t get going until 10:00 PM ET.

In the UK, the early prelims are scheduled to kick off at 11:30 PM GMT, followed by the regular prelims at 1 AM GMT on Sunday, January 21. The main card is slated to commence at 3 AM GMT on Sunday.

How Can I Watch UFC 297 In The UK Or US?

This Will Differ Depending On Where You Are

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Country

Network To Watch UFC 296 PPV Main Card

Early Prelims

Prelims

Canada

UFC Fight Pass, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

UFC Fight Pass

TSN, RDS

United States

ESPN +

UFC Fight Pass, ESPN +

ESPN 2, ESPN+

United Kingdom

TNT Sports Box Office

UFC Fight Pass

UFC FIGHT PASS, TNT Sports and Discovery+

Flyweight: Malcolm Gordon (-135) vs. Jimmy Flick (+110)

Prediction: Malcolm Gordon

Malcolm Gordon

Jimmy Flick

5’7″

5’7″

129.5 Pounds

125.5 Pounds

14-7 (Pre-Fight Record)

16-7 (Pre-Fight Record)

A flyweight clash between Malcolm Gordon and Jimmy Flick will open UFC 297’s early prelims. Both men enter this matchup badly needing a win, with both riding a two-fight losing streak. While they’re both talented, Gordon has shown a much more well-rounded game.

Now, that’s not to say that Flick won’t be able to catch him in a scramble and score a submission win, because he can. However, we’re rolling with Flick here.

Women’s Flyweight: Jasmine Jasudavicius (-400) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (+300)

Prediction: Jasmine Jasudavicius

Jasmine Jasudavicius

Priscila Cachoeira

5’7″

5’7″

125.5 Pounds

125 Pounds

9-3 (Pre-Fight Record)

12-5 (Pre-Fight Record)

Next up in the UFC 297 prelims is a clash of women’s flyweight contenders. Jasmine Jasudavicius is largely thrown into the conversation with other young prospects at 125, along with names such as Erin Blanchfield and Miranda Maverick.

However, the Canadian is actually already 34 years old. Her time to become a top contender is ticking, and expect her to get a statement win over Priscila Cachoeira later this month.

Welterweight: Yohan Lainesse (-150) vs. Sam Patterson (+125)

Prediction: Sam Patterson

Yohan Lainesse

Sam Patterson

6’1″

6’3″

171 Pounds

155.5 Pounds

9-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

10-2-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

This is a clash of prospects going down at 170 pounds. Yohan Lainesse is 1-2 in the UFC but has largely faced better competition than the young Sam Patterson. In his promotion debut in March, the 27-year-old lost by knockout against Yanal Ashmousz.

‘The Future’ is the younger talent, and seems to have a lot of potential despite that loss, however. At UFC 297, expect him to upset Lainesse on home soil.

Women’s Strawweight: Gillian Robertson (-190) vs. Polyana Viana (+155)

Prediction: Gillian Robertson

Gillian Robertson

Polyana Viana

5’5″

5’5″

116 Pounds

116 Pounds

12-8 (Pre-Fight Record)

13-6 (Pre-Fight Record)

Another Canadian, Gillian Robertson, is set to return home at UFC 297. The longtime contender is coming off a loss to the rising Tabatha Ricci, which snapped a two-fight losing streak. Robertson will return to face Polyana Viana, who has lost two of her last three.

Viana might be the more well-rounded fighter here, but Robertson’s fight IQ is high, and her grappling is phenomenal. She will pick up the win on home soil.

Bantamweight: Serhiy Sidey (-180) vs. Ramon Taveras (+150)

Prediction: Serhiy Sidey

Serhiy Sidey

Ramon Taveras

5’11”

5’8″

135.5 Pounds

136 Pounds

10-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

9-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

This battle between prospects is actually a rematch. In the Dana White Contender’s Series, Serhiy Sidey scored a knockout victory over Ramon Taveras. Less than a year removed from that night, they will run it back.

Both of these men are great young talents down at 135, and Taveras is absolutely capable of pulling off the upset. However, based on the limited tape of both, we’re inclined to go with Sidey. Especially based on their first bout.

Featherweight: Charles Jourdain (-175) vs. Sean Woodson (+135)

Prediction: Charles Jourdain

Charles Jourdain

Sean Woodson

5’9″

6’2″

145.5 Pounds

146 Pounds

15-6-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

10-1-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

This featherweight banger will absolutely be in the ‘Fight of the Night’ conversation by the end of it. Canada’s Charles Jourdain enters this one riding a two-fight winning streak, while ‘The Sniper’ is riding a four-fight unbeaten streak.

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While Sean Woodson is an incredibly talented fighter, Charles Jourdain is much more proven at the top level. The Quebec native will score his first win of 2024 here.

Middleweight: Chris Curtis (-165) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (+140)

Prediction: Chris Curtis

Chris Curtis

Marc-Andre Barriault

5’10”

6’1″

185.3 Pounds

185 Pounds

30-10 (Pre-Fight Record)

16-6 (Pre-Fight Record)

Longtime friend of Sean Strickland, Chris Curtis is also returning at UFC 297. The hard-hitting ‘Action Man’ is winless in his last two, but will look to rebound against Marc-Andre Barriault. The Canadian has found his footing after a rough start to his UFC career, now riding a two-fight winning streak.

Barriault is absolutely a live underdog here, but we’re rolling with Curtis to get the win. He’s the better striker, and it’s hard to see him going three fights without a victory.

Bantamweight: Brad Katona (-185) vs. Garrett Armfield (+150)

Prediction: Brad Katona

Brad Katona

Garrett Armfield

5’6″

5’6″

135 Pounds

135 Pounds

13-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

9-3 (Pre-Fight Record)

Brad Katona is fresh off his second stint on The Ultimate Fighter, winning the whole bantamweight tournament at UFC 292. For his first fight back in the promotion, he will face the young Garrett Armfield.

Katona is fighting at home, is the far more accomplished fighter, and is also riding a lengthy winning streak. Expect ‘Superman’ to score a major victory here.

Featherweight: Arnold Allen (+135) vs. Movsar Evloev (-165)

Prediction: Arnold Allen

Arnold Allen

Movsar Evloev

5’8″

5’7″

146 Pounds

145 Pounds

19-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

17-0 (Pre-Fight Record)

Featherweight contenders Arnold Allen and Movsar Evolev will meet on the UFC 297 pay-per-view main card. The Russian is currently undefeated at 17-0, while ‘Almighty’ had his 12-fight winning streak ended by Max Holloway in April.

Both of these men could very well be future champions, but we’re rolling with the underdog here. Allen is more proven at the top level, and showed that he was world-class even in his loss to ‘Blessed’.

Welterweight: Neil Magny (+210) vs. Mike Malott (-275)

Prediction: Mike Malott

Neil Magny

Mike Malott

6’3″

6’1″

170 Pounds

169.5 Pounds

28-11 (Pre-Fight Record)

10-1-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

Alright, this one is pretty straightforward. ‘Proper’ is seen as Canada’s greatest prospect in a long, long time, which is why he’s on the main card. There, he will meet the aging Neil Magny, who was dominated by Ian Garry in August.

One could make the case that Magny is one of the most underrated fighters in UFC history, given his record for welterweight wins, and resume. However, he’s 36 and seems badly past his prime. Meanwhile, Malott is younger, has great finishing instincts, and is in his prime.

Women’s Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington (+135) vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (-165)

Prediction: Raquel Pennington

Raquel Pennington

Mayra Bueno Silva

5’7″

5’6″

135.5 Pounds

136 Pounds

15-8 (Pre-Fight Record)

10-2-1 (Pre-Fight Record)

Mayra Bueno Silva has gone on record as saying that “nobody” wants to see this fight. While that might be somewhat right, both ‘Sheerta’ and ‘Rocky’ enter this vacant title bout riding lengthy win streaks.

While Bueno Silva has the more flashy wins as of late, expect Pennington to pull off the upset. She’s more well-rounded, proven at the top level, and has been hungry for another title shot for years now. It won’t be a flashy win, but she’ll get it done.

Middleweight: Sean Strickland (-120) vs. Dricus du Plessis (+100)

Prediction: Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland

Dricus du Plessis

6’1″

6’1″

184.9 Pounds

186 Pounds

28-5 (Pre-Fight Record)

20-2 (Pre-Fight Record)

Yes, it’s still incredibly weird that Sean Strickland is the UFC champion. That being said, he has a great chance of escaping January with the title. For his first title defense, he’s drawn the rising South African, Dricus du Plessis. ‘Stillknocks’ has become undeniable through his crazy punching power and will to win.

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However, if there’s a knock on him, it’s his gas tank. His best shot is to try and empty the tank to defeat Strickland, and he could absolutely get ‘Tarzan’ out of there. However, the champion’s chin, and superb gas tank himself, have him set to make a successful first title defense in Canada.

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