The UFC is reportedly planning to return to Canada with a pay-per-view event in January. While several fights for the card had already been announced, it was missing the typical pair of championship fights that fans have come to expect. However, recent reports suggest that one of these title fights will feature Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Raquel Pennington to crown a new bantamweight champion following Amanda Nunes’ retirement.
Another championship bout rumored for this event is a highly anticipated rematch between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira. This rematch was originally scheduled for UFC 294 but was postponed when Oliveira suffered a gruesome injury during his final sparring session in Brazil. Makhachev stepped in as a short-notice replacement and fought and defeated Alexander Volkanovski. Now, all eyes are on the potential Makhachev vs. Oliveira II matchup.
Charles Oliveira has neither confirmed nor denied this rumored bout. When asked about it, he stated that he first heard about it from people in the locker room and acknowledged the possibility of a January timeline for the fight.
It seems that the UFC is looking to put together an exciting event in Canada with some compelling championship matchups, and fans will be eagerly awaiting the official announcements.