Dana White announces several upcoming main event fights, confirms Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad for UFC 288

By Cole Shelton - April 20, 2023

Dana White took to social media and announced several key fights for a number of upcoming UFC events.

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White took to Instagram Live to reveal some key fights and among them was Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad, which is slated for five rounds as the new co-main event of UFC 288 on May 6. The fight could serve as a title eliminator which is why it is five rounds, but it’s a big boost to the pay-per-view card which recently lost Oliveira-Dariush.

As for Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush, White confirmed that the fight will now serve as the co-main event of UFC 289 on June 10 in Vancouver. Dariush has said that was the plan after Oliveira suffered a minor injury but now it is official. The main event of UFC 289 sees Amanda Nunes takes on Julianna Pena in their trilogy fight.

Along with the two co-main events for the upcoming pay-per-views, Dana White announced some new main events. Starting with the main event of June 17 at the UFC Apex, Marvin Vettori will take on Jared Cannonier. Vettori is coming off a win over Roman Dolidze and is ranked third at middleweight. Cannonier, meanwhile, is ranked fourth and is coming off a decision win over Sean Strickland back in December. White also revealed the winner will be on a short list to face Israel Adesanya.

Sean Strickland

Then, in the main event of July 1 at the UFC Apex, White announced that Sean Strickland will take on Abus Magomedov. Strickland is ranked seventh at middleweight and coming off a decision win over Nassourdine Imavov in January. Magomedov, meanwhile, is unranked but White says nobody wanted to fight him until Strickland took the fight. Magomedov is 25-4-1 and 1-0 in the UFC as he knocked out Dustin Stolzfus in 19 seconds back in September.

Dana White concluded the video by confirming the UFC will be returning to London, England for a Fight Night event on July 22. The event was supposed to be a pay-per-view, but Leon Edwards is not available to fight and so the promotion has turned it into a Fight Night.

What are your thoughts on these fights announced by Dana White?

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