With Colby Covington’s beatdown of Robbie Lawler now in the books, fans can shift their attention to the four UFC title fights coming to ESPN+ in the next five weeks.
If you don’t have an ESPN+ subscription, you can take part in a special promotion that allows you to purchase UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic II and one year of ESPN+ for $79.99.
At a time when even two consecutive UFC events headlined by title fights is a rarity, join us as we preview the upcoming title fights in August.
UFC Uruguay: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2
August 10 – Watch on ESPN+
On August 10, the UFC steps foot into Uruguay for the first time with a UFC Fight Night event set for the Antel Arena in Montevideo.
The main event bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Liz Carmouche will be the second title fight of the year to feature on a UFC Fight Night card. In the first non-PPV title fight of the year, Henry Cejudo defeated TJ Dillashaw to claim the UFC Bantamweight Championship on January 19.
Shevchenko is regarded as one of the greatest female fighters in the history of the promotion. By defeating Jessica Eye with a devastating head kick at UFC 236 in June, Shevchenko became the first to defend the flyweight title.
Against her at UFC Uruguay is Liz Carmouche, who gets her second chance at UFC gold after failing to defeat Ronda Rousey at UFC 157 in 2013. Carmouche has won four of her last five fights and steps into this title fight after back-to-back victories over Jennifer Maia and Lucie Pudilova.
This won’t be the first time that Shevchenko and Carmouche have competed against each other. It was Carmouche who came out on top when the two met at C3 Fights in 2010 after winning the fight via doctor’s stoppage.
In the co-main event of UFC Uruguay, Vicente Luque is set to battle with Mike Perry in what many fans are predicting to be a true ‘Fight of the Night’ contender.
UFC Uruguay fights to look forward to
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche II 🏆
- Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry
- Gilbert Burns vs. Alexey Kunchenko
UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2
August 17 – Watch on ESPN+
At UFC 226 in July last year, Daniel Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion at the time, moved up to challenge Stipe Miocic, the heavyweight champion.
The champion vs. champion showdown was marketed as The Superfight and the fight itself delivered a spectacular knockout finish — just not in the way that many fans had predicted.
Against the odds, Cormier knocked out Miocic in the first round and became the new heavyweight champion of the UFC. After Cormier’s victory at UFC 226, Brock Lesnar stormed the cage and it appeared more than likely that the UFC would book a title fight between Cormier and Lesnar next. While waiting for Lesnar to cross over from WWE, Cormier defended the title successfully against Derrick Lewis in November 2018.
Now, with Lesnar remaining in the WWE, Miocic will return for the first time since losing his title to Cormier when he attempts to win it back at UFC 241. The pay-per-view event is set to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on August 17.
UFC 241 also features two more highly-anticipated bouts. In the co-main event, Nate Diaz will make his first UFC appearance in close to three years as he prepares to take on Anthony Pettis in a welterweight clash.
Before Diaz vs. Pettis, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa go head-to-head in what should be an explosive middleweight fight.
UFC 241 fights to look forward to
- Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic II 🏆
- Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz
- Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen
UFC Shenzhen: Andrade vs. Zhang
August 31 – Watch on ESPN+
The third UFC title fight of August is a UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship bout between Jessica Andrade and Weili Zhang.
Andrade returns for the first time since her stunning victory against Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to win the title. Although the champion looked better than ever before, Andrade found a pathway to victory by slamming Namajunas on her head in round two.
In her first title defense, she’ll be facing Zhang, who will have the support of her fans in Shenzhen, China, on August 31. Zhang is undefeated in her last 19 fights and has quickly advanced to a title shot after earning wins against Danielle Taylor, Jessica Aguilar, and then Tecia Torres most recently.
- Jessica Andrade vs. Weili Zhang 🏆
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Li Jingliang
UFC Schedule 2019
- UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2 – August 10 (Uruguay)
- UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 – August 17 (Anaheim)
- UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang – August 31 (Shenzhen)
- UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier – September 7 (Abu Dhabi)
- UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje – September 14 (Vancouver)
- UFC on ESPN+ 17 – September 21 (Mexico City)
- UFC on ESPN+ 18 – September 28 (Copenhagen)
- UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya – October 6 (Melbourne)
- UFC on ESPN+ 19 – October 12 (San Fransisco)
- UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman – October 18 (Boston)
- UFC on ESPN+ 20 – October 26 (Singapore)
- UFC 244 – November 2 (New York)
- UFC on ESPN+ 21 – November 9 (Moscow)
- UFC on ESPN+ 22 – November 16 (Sao Paulo)
- UFC on ESPN 7 – December 7 (Washington)
- UFC 245 – December 14 (Las Vegas)
- UFC on ESPN+ 23 – December 21 (Busan)
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.