The UFC is back in chilly Toronto, Ontario tonight with an intriguing card offering some of the best fights currently available in MMA. Two belts are on the line at the Scotiabank Arena (Formerly the Air Canada Centre) and we are guaranteed to see at least one new champion crowned.
In the main event slot we have Max Holloway, returning after a year out, to defend his UFC featherweight title versus the undefeated challenger Brian Ortega. Holloway has battled health problems as of late, but at this time of writing he has made weight and is ready to defend his belt against someone other than Jose Aldo (who he has beaten in back to back fights). Will Holloway roll and show he’s this generation’s best featherweight or will Ortega steal his shine and prove that he’s the king at 145 lbs.
The co-main pits Valentina Shevchenko against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who she has beat multiple times in the Muay Thai ring, for the vacant UFC flyweight strap. That belt was confiscated from inaugural winner Nicco Montano earlier this year, when she couldn’t show for her first defense versus Shevchenko. Is Joanna going to be Champion again or will ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko claim the crown?
Rounding out the main card are three fun match-ups that promise action and possibly devastating stoppages. There you’ll find Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson (welterweight), Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak (featherweight), and Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos (light heavyweight).
Headlining the FS1 prelim card is a women’s strawweight bout between Claudia Gadelha and Nina Ansaroff. Before that Olivier Aubin-Mercier fights Gilbert Burns at lightweight, Katlyn Chookagian faces Jessica Eye at flyweight, and Elias Theodorou clashes with Eryk Anders at middleweight.
The UFC Fight Pass prelims include four fights tonight. That portion of the event begins at 6PM ET and starts with light heavyweights Devin Clark and Aleksandar Rakic. Also on the card is a lightweight clash between Carlos Diego Ferreira and local late replacement Kyle Nelson, a welterweight bout between Chad Laprise and Dhiego Lima, and a bantamweight fight pitting Brad Katona against Matthew Lopez.
Check out all the ways you can watch the action below:
- If you’re in Toronto and are wanting to watch the fights up-close, there are tickets still available on TicketMaster.
- The UFC 231 pay-per-view card can be purchased online through UFC.TV. It begins at 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT. The PPV can also be purchased through UFC Fight Pass.
- Amazon Prime is offering live streaming of the event (for the same price as UFC.TV). That is available here.
- The pay-per-view is also available for purchase on the UFC’s official YouTube channel.
- The UFC Fight Pass Early Prelim card begins at 6:00PM ET/3:00PM PT and is available on Fight Pass.
- The prelims will air on FS1 in the US, beginning at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
- Almost every major cable or satellite provider offers the PPV in either standard or high definitions. A list of US carriers is available here.
- TV streaming services Apple TV, LG Smart Apps, Amazon FireTV, and Samsung Apps offer the UFC.TV app, will give you access to UFC.TV where you can order the PPV.
- The PPV is also available for purchase using UFC.TV via Xbox Live and PlayStation Events (through their dedicated gaming consoles).
- Those with Android or Apple devices can watch the UFC 231 PPV on apps available at the Google Play and iTunes stores.
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