UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green is taking the spotlight on Saturday, February 26, 2022, capping off a stacked day across the combat sports world. A pair of lightweight fighters, Islam Makhachev and “King” Bobby Green agreed to fight the evening’s main event at a catchweight of 160 lbs, heavier than the division cap of 155 lbs for lightweight contests. Green is taking the fight on short notice, replacing injured top-contender Beneil Dariush
How to watch UFC Vegas 49
Date: Feb. 26 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas, Nevada
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Green (29-12-1) is on a tear, typically fighting every two months, but taking this contest just two weeks after getting a unanimous decision victory at UFC 271. Makhachev (21-1-0) is the fourth-ranked lightweight, and making a push for a title opportunity. A submission specialist, he’s on a nine-fight winning streak, and has forced 10 opponents to tap out. Of course, given the geopolitics of this week, the fight may grab a few extra eyes due to nationalism. While no stance has been made public on the beliefs of the fighters, the matchup is nonetheless an American fighter (Green) against Makhachev, who is from Russia.
When is UFC Fight Night: Islam Makhachev vs Bobby Green?
The catchweight between Bobby Green and Islam Makhachev is on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Hosted at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, the five-fight main card will start at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST. The six preliminary bouts will take place beforehand at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST.
What Happened to Beneil Dariush?
Just 10 days before he was scheduled to face Islam Makhachev, Beneil Darius had to withdraw from his headline bout. According to ESPN, his foot got caught in the mat while he was sparring with his training partner. The incident resulted in a broken fibula as his weight came down on the leg awkwardly.
UFC Vegas 49 Fight Card
Main Card (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
- Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Wellington Turman
- Ji Yeon Kim vs. Priscila Cachoeira
- Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Alvarez
- Armen Petrosyan vs. Gregory Rodrigues
Preliminary Card (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT)
- Zhu Rong vs. Ignacio Bahamondes
- Josiane Nunes vs. Wu Yanan
- Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam
- Jinh Yu Frey vs. Hannah Goldy
- Alejandro Perez vs. Jonathan Martinez
- Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Micheal Gillmore
- Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernandez