All you need to know about the UFC Fight Night happening this weekend

It promises to be an action-packed affair despite late-stage changes…

Let’s get ready to rumble. The first-ever UFC action in Saudi Arabia is ticking along. Taking place on Saturday June 22 at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, it is set to mark its inaugural event with a bang.

Here’s everything you need to know about the UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Aliskerov.

What is the UFC Fight Night?

UFC Saudi Arabia is a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest MMA promotion in the world. It will feature 11 fights, including five on the main card and six on the preliminaries. This will be the first time the UFC has hosted an event in Saudi Arabia.

What’s the fight card like?

Despite Khamzat Chimaev’s withdrawal from UFC Fight Night, exciting matchups await fans, with Robert Whittaker vs Ikram Aliskerov headlining the event. Restructured only last week, the main event is a fascinating pairing between a former UFC middleweight champion and a rising star.


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As part of the first-ever Saudi UFC event, UFC fans in the Kingdom can also look forward to another epic showdown in the Octagon as Sergei Pavlovich takes on Alexander Volkov, in an all-Russian clash of heavyweight titans.

Additional bouts on June 22 include an all-American welterweight contest between Kelvin Gastelum and Daniel Rodriguez; Shara Magomedov to face off against Antonio Trocoli; and Johnny Walker who will face Volkan Oezdemir in the lightweight bout.

UFC Saudi Arabia fight card


Main event – Middleweight: Robert Whittaker vs Ikram Aliskerov

Co-main event – Heavyweight: Sergei Pavlovich vs Alexander Volkov

Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs Daniel Rodriguez

Middleweight: Shara Magomedov vs Antonio Trocoli

Lightweight: Johnny Walker vs Volkan Oezdemir


Lightweight Bout: Nasrat Haqparast vs Jared Gordon

Featherweight Bout: Muhammad Naimov vs Felipe Lima

Welterweight Bout: Rinat Fakhretdinov vs Nicolas Dalby

Bantamweight Bout: Kyung Ho Kang vs Muin Gafurov

Light Heavyweight Bout: Magomed Gadzhiyasulov  vs Brendson Ribeiro

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UFC Fan Experience

For some fight night fun, ticket holders can check out the UFC Fan Experience located at the North and South sides of the Kingdom Arena from 5pm to 10pm on Friday June 21 and 5pm to 2am on Saturday June 22. Come test your power with the UFC Striking Challenge and pick up official UFC gear at the UFC Store and more.

Are tickets still available?

Yes, although only limited tickets remain. As of today (Friday June 21), the G1 tickets priced at SAR300, the floor row tickets priced at SAR600, and the SAR800 VIP tickets are left on the WeBook platform. So, secure your spot while you still can.

What time is the fight?

Doors open at 6pm, with the first bout beginning at 7pm, but the main card is not expected to be until 10pm.

How can I watch the fight?

The main card goes live on Starzplay and Shahid.

UFC Fight Night, June 22, 5pm to 2am, Kingdom Arena, Riyadh. Get your tickets here. @riyadhseason

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