The UFC returns to Boston for the seventh time on August 19 when UFC 292 takes place at the TD Garden with two title fights slated for the event. Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling will look to successfully defend his title for a fourth time against rising star Sean O’Malley in the main event. The co-main event finds Zhang Weili putting her women’s strawweight title on the line against the surging Amanda Lemos.
Sterling will make a relatively quick turnaround after retaining his title against former champion Henry Cejudo in May. The split decision victory gave him the most title defenses in bantamweight history and he’ll hope to extend that against a fighter who has had a significant surge in popularity since bursting on the scene six years ago.
O’Malley made his way to the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series in 2017 and grabbed everyone’s attention with his excellent striking. He’s gone 9-1 with 1 No Contest and collected a fair share of highlight reel finishes along the way. But he went from prospect to legitimate contender when he won a split decision over former champion Petr Yan last October.
It’ll be a clash of styles as the striker faces the grappler for all the marbles.
Zhang became a two-time champion when she dominated Carla Esparza last November. The 34-year-old hopes her second run as champion will last longer than her first. After one title defense, Zhang was knocked out in stunning fashion by Rose Namajunas in 2021 and then fell short with a split decision loss later that year.
In order to equal the title defenses of her last reign she’ll have to take out an unlikely challenger who has made her way into contention with a pair of dominant victories.
Lemos’ stoppage of Marina Rodriguez last November cleared the way to get her first crack at a world championship and she hopes that she’ll only need one attempt to have gold wrapped around her waist.
The Sporting News will provide live coverage of all the action at UFC 292.
UFC 292 results, highlights
Mario Bautista outworks Da’mon Blackshear for decision win
Scores: 30-27, 29-28 & 29-28
11:17 p.m. ET: Mario Bautista outlasted Da’mon Blackshear to extend his winning streak to five with a unanimous decision win. But it’s been a night of questionable scorecards as the 30-27 score for Bautista seemed a bit wide considering that Blackshear had an excellent opening frame with multiple takedowns. Nevertheless, the cardio from Bautista came into play as he grew stronger midway through the second round and carried that momentum into the final frame with great takedowns and work inside the clinch.
10:51 p.m. ET: Da’mon Blackshear is back in action just a week following his submission win to face Mario Bautista next. Blackshear steps in on short notice after Cody Garbrandt was forced out of the fight with an injury.
‘Chito’ Vera takes decision over Munhoz behind powerful jab
Scores: 30-27, 30-27 & 29-28
10:46 p.m. ET: Working behind a strong jab, Marlon “Chito” Vera took a unanimous decision over Pedro Munhoz in a standup affair. It was a closer fight that the two scorecards of 30-27 had but the right man won as Vera’s thudding jab controlled the pace of the fight. With the win, Vera is in line with a rematch with Sean O’Malley regardless of how the main event turns out.
10:27 p.m. ET: We’re kicking off the UFC 292 main card with a battle of former Sean O’Malley opponents in Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz. The narrative is pretty clear that the winner would likely be in line to face O’Malley should “The Suga Show” become champion tonight.
10:03 p.m. ET: Chris Weidman’s return to the Octagon after breaking his leg two years ago against Uriah Hall didn’t go as planned as he fell short against Brad Tavares. Weidman’s leg was compromised early from leg kicks and he just couldn’t find a rhythm as Tavares dominated with his striking and takedown defense to earn a unanimous decision. Is this the end of Weidman?
9:19 p.m. ET: We’ve been waiting for Gregory Rodrigues to put his toolbox on display and “Robocop” did just that with a brutal dismantling of Denis Tiuliulin with a first-round KO. A brilliant takedown, a swift transition to mount and a brutal series of elbows called it a night. If Rodrigues can do this regularly, he’ll be a problem moving forward for the division.
— UFC (@ufc) August 20, 2023
9:03 p.m. ET: Kurt Holobaugh pulled off a slick transition to a triangle choke to secure a second-round submission against Austin Hubbard and win the TUF lightweight finale. He’s back in the UFC after four years and called out Paddy Pimblett.
— UFC (@ufc) August 20, 2023
8:35 p.m. ET: We have a new frontrunner for Fight of the Night as Cody Gibson and Brad Katona had a hell of a battle in the finale. But it was Katona who outlasted Gibson to win the TUF bantamweight finals and make his way back to the UFC with a unanimous decision victory.
8:07 p.m. ET: After an entertaining trio of fights on the UFC Fight Pass prelims that saw a potential Fight of the Night candidate between Petroski and Meerschaert along with Natalia Silva and Karine Silva making a name for themselves, it’s time for The Ultimate Fighter bantamweight finale between Cody Gibson and Brad Katona.
— UFC (@ufc) August 19, 2023
When is UFC 292: Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley?
In the U.S., UFC 292 starts with the early prelims at 6 p.m. ET. The prelims start at 8 p.m. ET while the main card is at 10 p.m. ET. Sterling and O’Malley should make their way to the octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
|Region||Date||Early Prelims Start Time||Prelims Start Time||Main Card Start Time||Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)|
|USA and Canada (ET)||Sat. August 19||6 p.m. ET||8 p.m. ET||10 p.m. ET||12:15 a.m. ET|
|USA and Canada (PT)||Sat. August 19||3 p.m. PT||5 p.m. PT||7 p.m. PT||9:15 p.m. PT|
|UK and Ireland||Sun. August 20||11 p.m. BST||1 a.m. BST||3 a.m. BST||5:15 a.m. BST|
|Australia||Sun. August 20||8 a.m. AEST||10 a.m. AEST||12 p.m. AEST||2:15 p.m. AEST|
How to watch UFC 292: Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley
|Country||Date||Channel + Live Stream (main card)|
|United States||Sat. August 19||ESPN+, ESPN PPV|
|Canada||Sat. August 19||BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass|
|United Kingdom||Sun. August 20||TNT Sports|
|Australia||Sun. August 20||Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass|
Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley PPV price: How much does UFC 292 cost?
- $79.99 (current ESPN+ subscribers)
- $124.98 (new subscribers)
In the U.S., the UFC 292 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 292 is $79.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $124.98 for the UFC 292 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers savings of more than 30 percent.
|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$9.99/month|
|ESPN+ Annual Subscription||$99.99/year|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$12.99/month|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$19.99/month|
|UFC PPV Standalone||$79.99 each|
|UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual)||$124.98, then $99.99/year|
|UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle||
$79.99, then $12.99/month
UFC 292 results
- Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. Sean O’Malley for the UFC bantamweight title
- Zhang Weili (c) vs. Amanda Lemos for the UFC strawweight title
- Ian Machado Garry vs. Neil Magny; Welterweights
- Mario Bautista def. Da’mon Blackshear via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 & 30-27)
- Marlon Vera def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28)
- Brad Tavares def. Chris Weidman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
- Gregory Rodrigues def. Denis Tiuliulin via 1st round KO (elbows) (1:43)
- Kurt Holobaugh def. Austin Hubbard via 2nd round submission (triangle choke) (2:39) to win TUF Ultimate Fighter lightweight final
- Brad Katona def. Cody Gibson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 & 30-27) to win TUF bantamweight final
- Andre Petroski def. Gerald Meerschaert via split decision (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)
- Natalia Silva def. Andrea Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
- Karine Silva def. Maryna Moroz via 1st round submission (guillotine choke) (4:59)
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