The Ultimate Fighting Championship will host UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland on December 17, 2022, at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, a neighbourhood of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area in the United States. The event is also known as UFC Fight Night 216, UFC on ESPN+ 74, and UFC Vegas 66.
The main event is anticipated to be a middleweight fight between former UFC Middleweight Championship challenger Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland. Prior to Strickland’s withdrawal due to a finger infection, the fight was supposed to be the main event of UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Arajo.
The event planned to include a middleweight match between Bruno Silva and Albert Duraev. However, Micha Oleksiejczuk took Silva’s position after he withdrew due to an injury. Cody Brundage was then brought in to fill in for Duraev after he was forced to leave for an unknown cause.
Alex Perez, a former contender for the UFC Flyweight Championship, was scheduled to compete against Amir Albazi. But in late October, he resigned for an unclear cause, and Brandon Royval took his position. Alessandro Costa took Royval’s spot after Royval withdrew from the lineup in late November due to a broken wrist sustained during training.
Tafon Nchukwi and Jamal Pogues were scheduled to compete in a light heavyweight match. Vitor Petrino took Pogues’ spot after the band withdrew for an unclear reason.
The welterweight matchup between Michael Morales and Rinat Fakhretdinov was anticipated. Morales withdrew, though, citing a damaged toe. He was replaced by the victor of Team Volkanovski vs. Team Ortega’s middleweight match in The Ultimate Fighter’s return. Steven Battle.
|Weight class||Main card (ESPN+)||Main card (ESPN+)|
|Middleweight||Jared Cannonier||vs.||Sean Strickland|
|Lightweight||Arman Tsarukyan||vs.||Damir Ismagulov|
|Flyweight||Amir Albazi||vs.||Alessandro Costa|
|Featherweight||Alex Caceres||vs.||Julian Erosa|
|Lightweight||Drew Dober||vs.||Bobby Green|
|Middleweight||Michał Oleksiejczuk||vs.||Cody Brundage|
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
|Weight class||Preliminary Card (ESPN+||Preliminary Card (ESPN+)|
|Women's Strawweight||Cheyanne Vlismas||vs.||Cory McKenna|
|Welterweight||Jake Matthews||vs.||Matthew Semelsberger|
|Middleweight||Julian Marquez||vs.||Deron Winn|
|Bantamweight||Said Nurmagomedov||vs.||Saidyokub Kakhramonov|
|Lightweight||Rafa García||vs.||Hayisaer Maheshate|
|Welterweight||Rinat Fakhretdinov||vs.||Bryan Battle|
|Flyweight||Manel Kape||vs.||David Dvořák|
|Bantamweight||Sergey Morozov||vs.||Journey Newson|