MMA Schedule 2023: Dates, division, location for upcoming fights

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In 2022, several titles changed hands via upsets, and stars emerged out of nowhere to become major players. Can those same stars make an impact in 2023?

Fight fans have already seen the return of Jon Jones and the retirement of Fedor Emelianenko. With Conor McGregor coaching The Ultimate Fighter against Michael Chandler, when can we expect the "Notorious" one back in the octagon?

Which fights are you looking forward to the most? What are you hoping gets booked in 2023?

The Sporting News has you covered with a full 2023 MMA schedule that will be updated frequently! 

You can click each month to skip to scheduled fights!

September | October | November | December

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  • September 23: Bellator 299 - 3Arena - Dublin, Ireland (Showtime)
    • Johnny Eblen (c) vs. Fabian Edwards for the Bellator middleweight title


  • September 23: UFC Fight Night - UFC APEX - Las Vegas (ESPN+)
    • Rafael Fiziev vs. Mateusz Gamrot; Lightweights


  • September 30: PFL Europe Playoffs - Zenith Paris - La Villette - Paris, France (DAZN)
    • Cedric Doumbe vs. Jordan Zebo
    • Abdoul Abdouraguimov vs. Quemuel Ottoni


  • October 7: Bellator 300 - Pechanga Arena - San Diego, CA (Showtime)
    • Ryan Bader (c) vs. Linton Vassell  for the Bellator heavyweight title
    • Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Cat Zingano for the Bellator lightweight title
    • Usman Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Brent Primus for the Bellator lightweight title
    • Liz Carmouche (c) vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for the Bellator flyweight title


  • October 7: UFC Fight Night - UFC APEX - Las Vegas (ESPN+)
    • Grant Dawson vs. Bobby Green; Lightweights


  • October 14: UFC Fight Night - UFC APEX - Las Vegas (ESPN+)
    • Sodiq Yusuff vs. Edson Barboza; Featherweights


  • October 21: UFC 294 - Etihad Arena - Abu Dhabi (ESPN+ PPV)
    • Islam Makhachev (c) vs. Charles Oliveira 2 for the UFC lightweight title


  • November 4: UFC Fight Night - Ibirapuera Gymnasium - Brazil (ESPN+)
    • Curtis Blaydes vs. Jailton Almeida; Heavyweights


  • November 11: UFC 295 - Madison Square Garden - New York (EPSN+ PPV)
    • Jon Jones (c) vs. Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title


  • November 17: Bellator 301 - Wintrust Arena - Chicago (Showtime)
    • Yaroslav Amosov (c) vs. Jason Jackson for the Bellator welterweight title
    • Sergio Pettis (c) vs. Patchy Mix (ic) for the Bellator bantamweight title
    • Patricky Pitbull vs. Alexandr Shabliy in a Bellator Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final bout


  • November 18: UFC Fight Night - UFC APEX - Las Vegas (ESPN+)
    • Brendan Allen vs. Paul Craig; Middleweights


  • November 24: PFL Championship Finals - The Anthem - Washington, D.C. (ESPN+ PPV)
    • Denis Goltsov vs. Renan Ferreira; PFL Heavyweight Finals
    • Josh Silveira vs. Impa Kasanganay; PFL Light Heavyweight Finals
    • Jesus Pinedo vs. Gabriel Braga; PFL Featherweight Finals
    • Larissa Pacheco vs. Marina Mokhnatkina; PFL Featherweight Finals
    • Sadibou Sy vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov; PFL Welterweight Finals
    • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Clay Collard; PFL Lightweight Finals


  • December 2: UFC Fight Night - UFC APEX - Las Vegas (ESPN+)
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Daniel Yanofsky is a combat sports editor at The Sporting News.