The UFC has returned to Fight Island. UFC 253 will take place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, September 26, with titles on the line in both the main and co-main events.
In the night’s main event, someone’s “0” has to go as undefeated champion Israel Adesanya meets undefeated rising contender Paulo Costa for the promotion’s middleweight title.
In the co-main event spot, Dominick Reyes will challenge for the UFC light heavyweight title a second time as he meets Jan Blachowicz at 205-pounds. The title’s ownership is currently vacant after Jon Jones relinquished the belt earlier this year, citing a move up to heavyweight.
UFC 253 takes place Saturday at Flash Forum with the main card airing on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Today’s weigh-ins will begin at 9 a.m. ET.
UFC 253 results below:
Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Israel Adesanya defeated Paulo Costa via TKO – Round 2, 3:59 – for UFC middleweight title
Jan Blachowicz defeated Dominick Reyes via TKO – Round 2, 4:36– for vacant UFC light heavyweight title
Brandon Royval defeated Kai Kara France via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 0:48
Ketlen Vieira defeated Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Hakeem Dawodu defeated Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)
Brad Riddell defeated Alex da Silva Coelho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Matthews defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
L’udovit Klein defeated Shane Young via KO – Round 1, 1:16
William Knight defeated Aleksa Camur via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Juan Espino defeated Jeff Hughes via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:48
Danilo Marques defeated Khadis Ibragimov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)