Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 253 goes down on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
One of the biggest middleweight fights in years will serve as the main event tonight, with undefeated champion Israel Adesanya taking on undefeated challenger Paulo Costa. The co-main event is also a title fight, with Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz competing for the UFC light heavyweight title that was vacated by Jon Jones.
This post will cover the first three fights of the main card. The featured fight of the PPV outside of the title fights will see Kai Kara-France meeting Brandon Royval.
We’ll start on Fight Pass, ESPN 2, and ESPN+ at approximately 7pm ET with two fights. The card then moves to ESPN 2 and stays on ESPN+ at 8pm ET for four more bouts, then onto the main PPV card at 10pm ET. The full lineup and schedule follows. The preliminary card, co-main event, and main event will all have separate play-by-play posts.
Main Card (PPV)
Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval