The lineup is set for the UFC’s return trip to Canada next month, including a pair of title fights at the top of the bill.
The card features a dozen fights on Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following four prelims on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass.
Johnson, who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings (and No. 2 pound-for-pound), will break middleweight great Anderson Silva’s longstanding title-defense record if victorious. “Mighty Mouse” currently is as much as a 12-1 favorite at some online sports books to beat No. 5 Borg, who’s won two straight and five of his past six – though he missed weight on two occasions.
In the co-headliner, women’s bantamweight titleholder and No. 1-ranked female 135-pounder Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) rematches No. 2 Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Nunes, who took the title from Miesha Tate during her current five-fight winning streak, also defeated No. 2-ranked Shevchenko via unanimous decision during her run. Shevchenko has since rebounded with wins over ex-champ Holly Holm (decision) and Julianna Pena (submission).
To fill out the main card, former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) fights at welterweight for the second time when he meets Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC); Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) takes on Tyson Pedro (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at light heavyweight; and former Strikeforce lightweight champ and two-time UFC title challenger Gilbert Melendez (22-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) moves to featherweight to fight fellow veteran Jeremy Stephens (25-14 MMA, 12-13 UFC) to open up the pay-per-view portion.
The featured bout on the FS1-broadcast prelims is a women’s bantamweight fight between former title challenger and Olympic medalist Sara McMann (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Ketlen Vieira (8-0 MMA. 2-0 UFC). McMann will be fighting for the first time since moving her training camp to the esteemed Team Alpha Male in California.
The featured bout on the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card is a lightweight matchup between Mitch Clarke (11-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Alex White (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Clarke is based in Edmonton and gets a fight in front of his home fans.
The complete UFC 215 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET, pay-per-view)
PRELIMINARY CARD (8 p.m. ET, FS1)
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