The UFC closes out 2022 with Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, December 17. The main event will be between ranked middleweights Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland.
The preliminary card starts at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+. The big show gets started at 7 p.m. on ESPN+ PPV.
Cannonier (16-5) and Strickland (24-5) are both trying to recover from losses at UFC 276. Strickland was starched in the first round by future middleweight champion Alex Pereira, while Cannonier lost by unanimous decision to then-middleweight champ Israel Adesanya on the main event of that card.
Now both men will fight to stay among the top contenders in a suddenly stacked division. While a win wouldn’t put either fighter in line for a title shot in the first half of 2023, it could lead to an eliminator bout.
DraftKings Sportsbook has Strickland as a slight -115 favorite. Cannonier is betting at -105.
UFC Fight Night: Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland main card, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+
- Main event: #3 Jared Cannonier vs. #7 Sean Strickland, middleweight
- #9 Arman Tsarukyan vs. #12 Damir Ismagulov, lightweight
- #8 Amir Albazi vs. Alessandro Costa, flyweight
- #15 Alex Caceres vs. Julian Erosa, featherweight
- Drew Dober vs. Bobby Green, lightweight
- Cody Brundage vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk, middleweight
Preliminary card, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
- Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Cory McKenna, women’s strawweight
- Jake Matthews vs. Matt Semelsberger, welterweight
Julian Marquez vs. Deron Winn, middleweightCanceled due to Winn medical issue
- #15 Said Nurmagomedov vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov, bantamweight
- Rafa García vs. Maheshate, lightweight
- Bryan Battle vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov, welterweight
- #9 David Dvorak vs. #12 Manel Kape, flyweight
- Sergey Morozov vs. Journey Newson, bantamweight