After a five-week hiatus, the UFC returns to pay-per-view when UFC 215 takes place on Saturday night from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Amanda Nunes will defend the women’s bantamweight championship in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko. In the co-main event, in welterweight action, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos battles Neil Magny.
It isn’t a card featuring the biggest names, but the main event featuring the two of the best female fighters in the world make it a must-see show.
Here is all you need to know about UFC 215.
All times eastern.
UFC 215 date, start time
The first preliminary fight is available for UFC.com’s Fight Pass members beginning at 7 p.m. The remaining preliminary fights can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m.
Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. Nunes and Shevchenko should enter the octagon around midnight.
UFC 215 PPV price, live stream
The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99 in HD. For more information on how to order UFC 215 Nunes vs. Shevchenko, ask your TV provider. You can also live stream UFC 214 and the Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 main card on UFC.TV for $59.99.
UFC 215 fight card
- Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Valentina Shevchenko for Nunes’ Women’s Bantanweight Title
- Neil Magny vs. Rafael dos Anjos; Welterweight
- Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis; Flyweight
- Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro; Light Heavyweight
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Gilbert Melendez; Featherweight
- Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira; Women’s Bantamweight
- Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith; Women’s Bantamweight
- Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn; Featherweight
- Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White; Lightweight
- Luis Henrique vs. Arjan Bhullar; Heavyweight
- Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins; Lightweight
UFC 215 preview
Nunes (14-4) and Shevchenko (14-2) were originally supposed to meet in the octagon at UFC 213 in July. On the day of the fight, Nunes was hospitalized with a case of sinusitis, a chronic issue for her in the past.
In the aftermath of UFC 213, UFC president Dana White said he would never put Nunes in another main event, yet here we are.
With the bout closer to happening, the Nunes’ challenger hopes Nunes will actually make it to the octagon.
”I’m hoping she will make it to the fight,” Shevchenko told Sporting News. “I really hope the fight will happen because if she will do it again, it won’t be good for her at all.”
At UFC 200, Nunes (14-4) defeated Miesha Tate to become champion. The Brazilian capped off her historic 2016 at UFC 207, knocking out Ronda Rousey.
At UFC 196 in March 2016, Nunes beat Shevchenko by unanimous decision. Nunes owned the first two rounds and Shevchenko made a valiant comeback in the third round but fell a little bit short on the judges’ scorecards. Following the loss, Shevchenko earned back-to-back wins over Holly Holm and Julianna Pena.
The scheduled main event featured Demetrious Johnson defending the UFC flyweight championship for a record-breaking 11th time against Ray Borg. On late Thursday evening, Borg was pulled due to battling a lingering “viral illiness” throughout the week.
UFC doctors made the decision to scratch Borg from the title fight. Sporting News has learned the UFC is trying to re-book the fight for UFC 216 on Oct. 7 and an announcement will be forthcoming.
Watch the first Nunes vs. Shevchenko fight:
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