The UFC is in Rio de Janeiro tonight; one of the ancestral homes of mixed martial arts. UFC 224 is headlined by the first Brazilian woman to hold a UFC belt, Amanda Nunes (who is also the first openly gay fighter and woman of colour to hold a UFC title).
To keep her belt Nunes must defeat the American Raquel Pennington. In the co-main event Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza takes on Kelvin Gastelum in a fight that will have title implications in the middleweight division. Before those two square off there’s an intriguing match-up at what was supposed to be strawweight between Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Cooper and a bantamweight clash between John Lineker and Brian Kelleher. The first fight of the pay-per-view sees Brazilian legends and former champs Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida fight in the middleweight division.
The UFC is offering an online stream above, but you can also watch the PPV online with UFC.tv or through your cable provider.
The main card starts at 10PM EST and is as follows:
Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington [BW Title]
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ronaldo Souza
Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Cooper
John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida