The unveiling of the UFC 297 poster marks the announcement of the year’s first major UFC pay-per-view extravaganza, set to electrify Toronto, Canada, on January 20, 2024. This event promises to be a spectacular showcase with two championship clashes at the forefront.
In the spotlight, the middleweight championship will be fiercely contested as Sean Strickland puts his title on the line against Dricus du Plessis. The event’s pinnacle will see these two warriors collide in what’s shaping up to be an unforgettable showdown.
Take a peek at the UFC 297 poster here.
Strickland’s journey to this defense is nothing short of a fairytale. He stunned the MMA world with his unexpected victory over Israel Adesanya last September. Touted as the underdog, Strickland’s dominating performance led to a unanimous decision victory, snatching the middleweight crown in a spectacular fashion.
On the other side, Dricus du Plessis rides a wave of momentum into this bout. He’s on an impressive eight-fight winning streak, including six triumphs within the UFC octagon. His latest conquest over former UFC champion Robert Whittaker was nothing short of remarkable, cementing his position as the division’s top contender.
In the co-main event, a new women’s bantamweight champion will emerge as Mayra Bueno Silva faces Raquel Pennington. Pennington, riding a five-fight winning streak, eyes her second shot at UFC gold. Her first attempt in 2018 saw her fall to Amanda Nunes, but with the title now vacant following Nunes’ retirement, she’s ready for redemption.
Bueno Silva, unbeaten since her return to bantamweight, has an impressive record, including victories against Lina Lansberg and Stephanie Egger. Her win over former UFC champion Holly Holm by submission was a highlight, though later marred by a positive test for a banned substance.
Below is the current lineup for UFC 297, with the final fight order yet to be confirmed:
MAIN EVENT: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis
CO-MAIN EVENT: Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Raquel Pennington
- Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott
- Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev
- Dominick Reyes vs. Carlos Ulberg
- Brad Katona vs. Garrett Armfield
- Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
- Charles Jourdain vs. Sean Woodson
- Serhiy Sidey vs. Ramon Tavaras
- Gillian Robertson vs. Polyana Viana
- Yohan Lainesse vs. Sam Patterson
- Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Priscila Cachoeira
- Malcolm Gordon vs. Jimmy Flick.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 297 Toronto
When and where is UFC 297 taking place?
UFC 297 is scheduled for January 20, 2024, in Toronto, Canada.
Who are headlining UFC 297?
The main event features Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis for the middleweight title.
What is the co-main event of UFC 297?
The co-main event is a women’s bantamweight title fight between Mayra Bueno Silva and Raquel Pennington.
How did Sean Strickland become the middleweight champion?
Sean Strickland won the middleweight title by defeating Israel Adesanya with a unanimous decision in September.
What is Dricus du Plessis’ recent record in the UFC?
Dricus du Plessis comes into UFC 297 with eight consecutive wins, including six in the UFC.
What is significant about Raquel Pennington’s fight at UFC 297?
Raquel Pennington is making her second attempt at a UFC championship, having previously lost to Amanda Nunes in 2018.
Has Mayra Bueno Silva faced any controversies in her UFC career?
Yes, Bueno Silva had a win over Holly Holm overturned due to testing positive for a banned substance.
What are some other notable fights at UFC 297?
Other fights include Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott, Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev, and Dominick Reyes vs. Carlos Ulberg, among others.