Middleweight title hopefuls Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier headline UFC on ESPN 47 at the Apex on 18th June.
After recent failed attempts to win the middleweight belt, Vettori and Cannonier are looking to stake their claim for another shot at the title.
Vettori, ranked #3, suffered a unanimous decision loss against champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 286 in June 2021.
The Italian bounced back with a victory over Paulo Costa on debut in the light heavyweight division but he was on the losing side when returning to middleweight to face Robert Whittaker in September 2022.
A unanimous decision win over Roman Dolidze last time out saw Vettori get back on track and the 29-year-old is looking to further build momentum when he takes on Cannonier.
Cannonier made his middleweight debut in 2018 and he has won six of his eight contests in the interim to climb to #4 in the rankings.
He was handed a title shot in July 2022 but, like Vettori, came up short in a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Adesanya at UFC 276.
The Killa Gorilla, who has previously competed at heavyweight and light heavyweight, returned to the win column with a split decision victory over Sean Strickland in December.
There's a lightweight contest slated to take place as the co-main event with Arman Tsarukyan taking on Joaquim Silva.
#8 ranked Tsarukyan saw a five-fight win streak ended via a decision defeat to Mateusz Gamrot in June 2022 but he has since beaten Damir Ismagulov and needs to avoid losing to unranked Silva to remain in the conversation for a title shot.
|What||UFC on ESPN 47 - Marvin Vettori v Jared Cannonier|
|Where||UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada, USA|
|When||03:00, Sunday 18th June 2023|
|How to watch||BT Sport|
The card is scheduled to take place on Sunday 18th June 2023.
The preliminary card gets under way at 01:00 and the main card is due to begin at 03:00, with Vettori and Cannonier expected to walk to the Octagon at around 05:00.
The UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada plays host to the card. The Apex is a purpose-built arena owned by the UFC and has hosted live events since May 2020 with Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns headlining the maiden card.
There were 20 Fight Night cards at the Apex in 2022, but after president Dana White revealed an ambition to get out on the road more often, it has hosted much less frequently in 2023.
This will be the ninth card to take place at the Apex this year with a further two scheduled, although that is subject to change.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main card will be available to watch on BT Sport.
No. There aren't any belts on the line at UFC on ESPN 47 but the winner of the contest could be next in line for a shot at Adesanya, who regained the middleweight title after winning his rematch with Alex Pereira.
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22 fights, 16 wins (10 KOs), 6 defeats.
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Tereza Bleda v Gabriella Fernandes
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