It’s fight week again for the UFC, and on Saturday, the organization returns to pay-per-view with UFC 165 and a championship doubleheader.
Here’s the essential information for the weekend show.
UFC 165 START TIME: UFC 165 takes place Saturday at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The night kicks off with prelims on Facebook/YouTube at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT before a move to FOX Sports 1 for additional prelims (8 p.m. ET). Then, the pay-per-view main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET. The lineup includes 13 bouts in all.
UFC 165 BACKGROUND: UFC 165 features a rare championship doubleheader with two titleholders looking to set UFC records. One, though, is more a bit more dubious than the other. In the headliner, UFC light-heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound kingpin Jon Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) looks for his sixth consecutive title defense – which would pass Tito Ortiz for the most in divisional history – when he faces Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC). Additionally, interim bantamweight champion (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who’s patiently awaited the return of injured champ Dominick Cruz, looks to become the first fighter to defend an interim belt twice when he meets inaugural WEC 135-pound titleholder Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in the co-headliner.
UFC 165 ON-SITE REPORTERS: MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn), columnist Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) and reporter Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) all will be on site for UFC 165. Give them a follow for updates throughout fight week.
UFC 165 OPEN WORKOUTS THURSDAY: In lieu of a press conference or open workouts, the UFC is hosting an “ultimate workout day” on Thursday. The event, which takes place at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel, is closed to the public. However, we’ll have full coverage throughout the afternoon. Attendees include Jones, Gustafsson, Barao, Wineland, Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione and UFC President Dana White.
UFC 165 PULLOUT IN FRIDAY’S USA TODAY: Friday’s edition of USA TODAY includes a four-page pullout devoted entirely to UFC 165. Pick up a copy and check out a variety of content from the MMAjunkie.com editorial team.
UFC 165 WEIGH-INS FRIDAY: Friday’s UFC 165 fighter weigh-ins take place at Air Canada Centre’s Maple Leaf Square in Toronto. You can watch a live video stream or get text-only results beginning at 4 p.m. ET. We’ll also have a video replay and full photo gallery available afterward. Prior to the weigh-ins, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman hosts a Q&A session at 3:15 p.m. ET. We’ll also have a live stream of the chat.
UFC 165 ON SATURDAY: Join us at 6 p.m. ET for UFC 165 play-by-play and live results. You can also discuss UFC 165 in our discussion thread. Afterward, watch the post-UFC 165 press conference on MMAjunkie.com at approximately 1 a.m. ET.
The full UFC 165 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light-heavyweight title
- Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland – for interim bantamweight title
- Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
- Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
- Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
- Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
- Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
- Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
- Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
- Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
- Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
- Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
For the latest on UFC 165, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.