We’ve got three big-time UFC events on tap for the month of April, but the most excitement is definitely for the first card of the month. At UFC 210, Daniel Cormier will defend his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony Johnson. There’s nothing quite like a championship fight, as the electricity in the air is palpable.
But don’t you dare discount the other two events. UFC on FOX 24 will be the first UFC event ever held in Kansas City or the entire state of Missouri, while UFC Fight Night 108 will feature an exciting main event between featherweights Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov.
Now that you know what to expect from the UFC in April, let’s break down all of the fireworks that will take place over the course of the month.
UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York
TV Channel: PPV
This will be just the second ever UFC card held in Buffalo, and the first since UFC 7 all the way back in 1995 when the sting of Buffalo Bills’ four straight Super Bowl losses was still fresh. Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson will headline UFC 210 in a bout for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. This is a rematch of their UFC 187 fight on May 23, 2015, where Cormier won the vacant title via a rear-naked choke submission.
UFC on FOX 24
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri
TV Channel: FOX
UFC has yet to announce the main event for UFC on FOX 24, but we currently know of four fights that will be on the card. As of now, here are the bouts that are scheduled to take place at the first ever UFC event in Missouri.
Women’s Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson
Flyweight: Tim Elliott vs. Louis Smolka
Middleweight: Devin Clark vs. Jake Collier
Middleweight: Anthony Smith vs. Andrew Sanchez
UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
TV Channel: FS1
Featherweights Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov will battle in UFC Fight Night 108’s main event. Both Swanson and Lobov will come into the bout on winning streaks, as Swanson has won his last three fights and Lobov has won his last two.
The 33-year-old Swanson has won three straight unanimous decisions, picking up victories over Hacran Dias on April 16, 2016, Tatsuya Kawajiri on August 6, 2016, and Doo Ho Choi on December 10, 2016. The 30-year-old Lobov’s victories were also of the unanimous decision variety, as he beat Chris Avila on August 20, 2016 and Teruto Ishihara on November 19, 2016.