UFC 297 undercard: Full list of fights before Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis main event in Canada

Sean Strickland looks to remain UFC middleweight champion when he defends the title against Dricus du Plessis at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on January 20. UFC 297 will air on ESPN+ PPV in the U.S.

Strickland (28-5) is a former KOTC middleweight champion. Joining the UFC in 2014, he went 14-5 before beating Israel Adesanya last September for the middleweight title. On a three-fight win streak, UFC 297 will be Strickland’s sixth main event fight in seven contests.  

A controversial figure, Strickland was not keen on du Plessis bringing up his childhood at the UFC 297 pre-fight press conference and had a brawl with him at UFC 296. The champion has warned du Plessis not to do it again in Canada. 

“I’m not telling you I don’t want to fight you, Dricus. I’m not saying you’re not a good fighter. I’m just saying that’s a line that, when crossed, transcends fighting,” Strickland said on his YouTube channel via MMA Junkie. “If I go to Canada and you bring that up, guess what? I’m going to go to jail, they’re going to deport me, and we spent eight weeks training for no f—— reason.”

WATCH: UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis, exclusively on ESPN+

Du Plessis (20-2) is a 2012 W.A.K.O. Cadet World Championships winner in kickboxing. The South African turned pro in 2013 and won the EFC welterweight title in 2015, the middleweight belt in 2017, and the KSW welterweight title in 2018. Joining the UFC in 2020, Du Plessis is 6-0 with the promotion, with his last contest being a TKO win over former champion Robert Whittaker in July.

Outside of the main event, there is a fight to determine a new bantamweight champion while rising stars look to become top contenders. Here’s a breakdown of the entire UFC 297 main card.

UFC 297 undercard

Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva

  • Division/Weight: Bantamweight
  • Pennington record: 15-8
  • Silva record: 10-2-1 (1NC)
  • Belts at stake: UFC bantamweight title

The co-main event will see Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva for the vacant UFC bantamweight title. The title became vacant when Amanda Nunes retired at UFC 289

Pennington (15-8) turned pro in 2012. A former Invicta fighter, she joined the UFC in 2013 and is 12-5 with the promotion. The 35-year-old failed to capture the bantamweight belt against Nunes in 2018. Since losing to Holly Holm for the second time in 2020, “Rocky” has won five in a row, her last contest being a split decision win in January 2023 against Ketlen Vieira.

Silva (10-2-1, 1NC) turned pro in 2015. She joined Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018 and is 6-2-1 with one no-contest in the octagon. “Sheetara” was on a three-fight win streak when she beat Holm in July, a fight that got overturned after she tested positive for ADHD medication.

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Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott

  • Division/Weight: Welterweight
  • Magny record: 28-11
  • Malott record: 10-1-1
  • Belts at stake: N/A

Also on the card is Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott. 

Magny (28-11) turned pro in 2010. Joining The Ultimate Fighter in 2012, he lost in the semi-finals against Mike Ricci. “The Haitian Sensation” officially entered the octagon in 2013 and is 21-10 with the UFC. The 36-year-old Magny has the most decision wins (14) in UFC history and is currently 2-2 in his last four fights. He lost his most recent outing to Ian Machado Garry in August.

Malott (10-1-1) turned pro in 2011. The 32-year-old is a former Dana White’s Contender Series alum and joined the UFC in 2021. He is 4-0 with the promotion, with his last fight being a submission win over Adam Fugitt in June.


Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault

  • Division/Weight: Middleweight
  • Curtis record: 30-10 (1NC)
  • Barriault record: 16-6 (1NC)
  • Belts at stake: N/A

Chris Curtis faces Marc-Andre Barriault.

Curtis (30-10, 1NC) turned pro in 2009. A former CES MMA welterweight champion, Curtis won a Dana White’s Contender Series fight in 2018 but was not awarded a contract. “The Action Man” went 1-3 with the PFL and would go on an eight-fight win streak after joining the UFC in 2021. Curtis is 1-1 with one no-contest in his last three fights, with his most recent being a no-contest in June against Nassourdine Imavov.  

Barriault (16-6, 1NC) turned pro in 2014. Joining the UFC in 2019, he is 5-5 with one no-contest in the octagon. “Power Bar” is on a two-fight win streak, with his last contest ending in a decision win over Eryk Anders in June.

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Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev

  • Division/Weight: Featherweight
  • Allen record: 19-2
  • Evloev record: 17-0
  • Belts at stake: N/A

Opening the main card will be Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev.

Allen (19-2) turned pro in 2012. Joining the UFC in 2015, the English fighter was on a twelve-fight win streak from 2014 to 2022. However, his last fight was a loss to Max Holloway last April.

Evloev (17-0) turned pro in 2014. The Russian won the interim M-1 Global bantamweight title in 2017 and became undisputed champion three months later. Joining the UFC in 2019, he is 7-0 in the octagon. The 29-year-old last fought in May when he defeated Diego Lopes.


When is UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis?

UFC 297 is on January 20. The early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET, with the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The main card is at 10 p.m. ET. Strickland and du Plessis 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) Saturday, January 20 6 p.m. ET 8 p.m. ET 10 p.m. ET 12:15 a.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Saturday, January 20 3 p.m. PT 5 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 9:15 p.m. PT 
UK and Ireland Sunday, January 21 11 p.m. GMT 1 a.m. GMT 3 a.m. GMT 5:15 a.m. GMT
Australia Sunday, January 21 10 a.m. AEDT 12 p.m. AEDT 2 p.m. AEDT 4:15 p.m. AEDT

WATCH: UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis, exclusively on ESPN+

How to watch UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis

Country Date Channel + Live Stream (main card)
United States Saturday, January 20 ESPN+, ESPN PPV
Canada Saturday, January 20 BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel,  Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass
United Kingdom Sunday, January 21 TNT Sports, TNT Sports Box Office
Australia Sunday, January 21 Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass

Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis PPV price: How much does UFC 297 cost?

In the U.S., the UFC 297 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 297 is $79.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $134.98 for the UFC 297 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers savings of more than 30 percent.

In the U.K., the main card is on TNT Sports Box Office and will cost £19.99.

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

Product Prices
ESPN+ Monthly Subscription $10.99/mo
ESPN+ Annual Subscription $109.99/yr
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported $14.99/mo
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads $24.99/mo
UFC PPV Standalone $79.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual) $134.98, then $109.99/year
UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle

$79.99, then $14.99/mo

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