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 main card starts at 10PM EST and is as follows:
Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington [BW Title]
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ronaldo Souza