The UFC 253 is the much anticipated event finally taking place on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island this weekend. Israel Adesanya is facing Paulo Costa in the main card and the Nigerian MMA fighter will attempt to hold on to his UCF Middleweight Champion title.
What time does UFC 253 start in the UK?
In the UK, the main event will take place in the early hours of Sunday, September 27.
UFC 253 is located at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The event’s timings have been set to benefit those on the East Coast of North America, who can watch the UFC 253 on Saturday evening.
For viewers in the UK, that means the UFC 253 will not begin before 1am BST.
The main card will then follow and starts at about 3am.
Adesanya vs Costa is expected to start at 6am as the main event.
UFC 253 will not be a pay-pre-view event in the UK.
However, BT Sport 1 will broadcast the event, starting with the coverage of the prelims at 1am.
EE mobile customers will also be able to watch the UFC 253 for free.
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UFC 253: Fight card
Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa, Middleweight
Dominick Reyes vs Jan Blachowicz, Light Heavyweight
Hakeem Dawodu vs Zubaira Tukhugov, Featherweight
Kai Kara-France vs Brandon Royval, Flyweight
Ketien Vieira vs Sijara Eubanks, Women’s Bantamweight
Diego Sanchez vs Jake Matthews, Welterweight
Brad Riddell vs Alex Da Silva, Lightweight
Shane Young vs Ludovit Klein, Featherweight
William Knight vs Aleksa Camur, Light Heavyweight
Juan Espino vs Jeff Hughes, Heavyweight
Khadis Ibragimov vs Danilo Marques, Light Heavyweight
Who will win?
(Odds from Betfair)
Israel Adesanya v Paolo Costa
- Adesanya- 8/13 (61 percent)
- Costa- 13/8 (39 percent)
Betfair spokesperson Darren Hughes said: “The UFC travels to the Middle East this weekend, as UFC 253 takes place live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, with two world titles up for grabs on the night.
“The vacant Light Heavyweight Championship will go to the victor of Dominick Reyes v Jan Blachowiz, with Reyes the 72 percent favourite on Betfair Exchange, as punters think Reyes will make it second time lucky in his bid to be crowned the champion.
“The main event on the night is for the Middleweight Championship, as current champion Israel Adesanya squares off against Paolo Costa, in their rescheduled bout from UFC 248.
“Betfair Exchange puts Adesanya as the 61 percent favourite to successfully defend his title, with Costa, on the comeback trail from injury, given a 39 percent chance of walking away as the new champion.”
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