UFC Columbus: Blaydes vs Daukaus or UFC Fight Night 205 is an upcoming Fight Night event on March 26, 2022 from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. The event is also known as UFC on ESPN 33.
The event will feature a heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus in the main event. Joanne Wood vs Alexa Grasso will be the co-main event. Askar Askarov and Kai Kara-France will fight over a possible title contender status in the flyweight division.
Check below for the complete details from UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Daukaus event.
- Date: March 26, 2022
- Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
- Timing: Main Card- 7 PM EST/4 PM PST, Prelims: 4 PM EST/1 PM PST
- Desk Analyst – Dan Hellie (desk anchor and host), Alan Jouban & Chiesa
- In-Ring Announcer – Bruce Buffer
- Roving Reporter – Megan Olivi
- Cageside Commentators – Jon Anik (leading man on the mic), Daniel Cormier & Michael Bisping
The tickets for UFC Columbus at Nationwide Arena in Columbus are available at the below link. The ticket price starts at $64.
Luis Saldana vs Bruno Souza – Featherweight Bout
Luis Saldana won via Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matheus Nicolau vs. David Dvorak – Featherweight Bout
Matheus Nicolau won via Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jennifer Maia vs Manon Fiorot – Women’s Flyweight Bout
Manon Fiorot won via Unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30)
Denis Tiuliulin vs Aliaskhab Khizriev – Middleweight Bout
Aliaskhab Khizriev won via Submission in round 2,1:58
Danaa Batgerel vs Chris Gutierrez – Bantamweight Bout
Chris Gutierrez won via KO ((Spinning Back Fist)in round 2, 2:34
Karol Rosa vs Sara McMann – Women’s Bantamweight Bout
Sara McMann won via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marc Diakiese vs Viacheslav Borshchev – Lightweight Bout
Marc Diakiese won via unanimous decision(30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Max Grigfin vs Neil Magny – Welterweight Bout
Neil Magny won via split decision(29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ilir Latifi vs Aleksei Oleinik – Heavyweight Bout – Cancelled
Askar Askarov vs Kai Kara France – Flyweight Bout
Kai Kara-France won via unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Flyweight Bout
Bryan Barberena vs Matt Brown – Welterweight Bout
Bryan Barberena won via split decision(29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Joanne Wood vs Aelxa Grasso – Women’s Flyweight Bout
Alexa Grasso won via submission(read naked choke) at 3:57 in round 1
Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus – Heavyweight Bout
Curtis Blaydes via KO at 4:43 in round 2
Cancelled or Moved
- Jan Błachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakić
- Montel Jackson vs Danaa Batgerel
- Michelle Waterson vs Amanda Ribas
- Lerone Murphy vs Nate Landwehr
- Aliaskhab Khizriev vs Abusupiyan Magomedov
- Tucker Lutz vs Seung Woo Choi
- Curtis Blaydes (259 lbs) vs. Chris Daukaus (243 lbs)
- Alexa Grasso (125 lbs) vs. Joanne Wood (125 lbs)
- Bryan Barberena (170.5 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170.5 lbs)
- Askar Askarov (126 lbs) vs. Kai Kara-France (125.5 lbs)
- Ilir Latifi (239.5 lbs) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (246 lbs)
- Viacheslav Borshchev (155.5 lbs) vs. Marc Diakiese (155 lbs)
- Max Griffin (171 lbs) vs. Neil Magny (170 lbs)
- Sara McMann (135 lbs) vs. Karol Rosa (135 lbs)
- Danaa Batgerel (136 lbs) vs. Chris Gutierrez (135 lbs)
- Aliaskhab Khizriev (185 lbs) vs. Denis Tiuliulin (185.5 lbs)
- Manon Fiorot (125.5 lbs) vs. Jennifer Maia (126 lbs)
- David Dvorak (125.5 lbs) vs. Matheus Nicolau (126 lbs)
- Luis Saldana (145 lbs) vs. Bruno Souza (144 lbs)
Background, News & Updates
UFC announced on December 11, 2021, that it will hold a Fight Night event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first Fight Night event in US to take place at any location other than UFC Apex Arena.
On December 1, 2021, MMA Reporter Ariel Helwani reported that Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic will headline the Fight Night event on March 26, 2022. Later, on January 28, 2022 MMA Kultura reported Blachowicz has pulled out from the bout due to an injury. The fight is moved to a future event.
After Blachowicz vs Rakic was removed from the card, Ariel Helwani reported on February 10, that Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukuas will be the new main event.
Joanne Calderwood vs Aelxa Grasso bout was earlier scheduled for a Fight Night event on November 20, 2021. However, on October 8, Grasso was reported to be injured and pulled out of the bout. Talia Santos replaced Grasso in that match and defeated Calderwood. Grasso was booked to fight Viviane Araujo at UFC 270. But, Araujo pulled out due to injury to scrapped that bout. Later on January 12, 2022, UFC announced via press release that Calderwood vs Grasso was added for UFC Columbus.
On December 25, 2021, MMA Junkie reported that a bout between Askar Askarov and Kai Kara France is verbally agreed. #2 ranked Askarov tweeted earlier to call out #6 ranked Kara-France for a fight for the new title contender status. The winner is expected to face Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo next.
Initially, Bryan Barberena vs Matt Brown was announced for UFC Vegas 44 on December 4, 2021. Brown was removed from the bout after testing positive for COVID-19. On January 6, 2022, MMA Idea reported that this bout is moved to March 26 Fight Night event.
On February 4, 2022, BjPenn.com and MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin reported a match between Ilir Latifi and Aleksei Oleinik. This came after Oleinik withdrew from a fight against Greg Hardy at UFC 270 while Latifi’s bout against Alexander Romanov at Fight Night on February 19 also fizzled out. Oleinik is looking for 50th MMA career win in this bout.
On March 1, 2022, MMA Junkie reported Jennifer Maia vs Manon Fiorot women’s flyweight bout for UFC Columbus. UFC confirmed this news three days later. Fiorot was originally scheduled to face Jessica Eye at UFC 272. But, Eye withdrew from that event due to an injury. Fiorot’s bout was then moved to this event.
On January 20, 2022, Twitter user Magic MMA reported a fight between Neil Magny and Max Griffin for this event. The news was later confirmed by multiple MMA news websites.
On January 5, 2022, Iridium Sports Agency announced a bantamweight bout between Montel Jackson and Danna Batgerel for this event. Later, Marcel Dorff reported Chris Gutierrez would replace Jackson, who pulled out due to unknown reasons.
UFC announced on January 12, 2022, that Aliaskhab Khizriev and Abusupiyan Magomedov will clash at this event. Later, Magomedov pulled out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons. Denis Tiuliulin came in as a short-notice replacement.
On January 12, 2022, UFC announced Matheus Nicolau vs David Dvora bout for this Columbus event.
On January 28, 2022, Iridium Sports Agency announced a featherweight bout between Bruno Souza and Luis Saldana for this Fight Night event.
On January 12, 2022, UFC announced a bout between Lerone Murphy and Nate Landwehr for March 26 event. Later on March 5, 2022, Murphy withdrew from the bout and was replaced by David Onama. One week later, Landwehr also withdrew from the bout. UFC is looking for a replacement to face Onama.
Michelle Waterson and Amanda Ribas were reported to face-off at UFC FIght night Columbus. However, Waterson reported(via Ag.fight) to have suffered an injury in March and the bout was postponed to UFC 274. This is the second time that their bout has been postponed or canceled. They were earlier scheduled to fight at UFC 257, but Waterson pulled out due to injury at that time also.
Tucker Lutz and Seung Woo Choi were also reported to clash at this Fight Night event by MMA DNA. However, MMA Junkie later reported that Choi suffered an injury in March and has withdrawn from the event.