UFC 294 date, start time, odds, PPV schedule & card for Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2

The lone loss of Alexander Volkanovski’s UFC career came against Islam Makhachev at the beginning of 2023. Now, the Aussie can get revenge in his second attempt at holding two belts at UFC 294 on October 21. The fight for Makhachev’s UFC lightweight title takes place in Abu Dhabi and airs on ESPN+ PPV. 

A 2016 World Championships gold medalist, Makhachev made his pro debut in 2010. Joining the UFC that same year, Makhachev is on an 11-fight win streak. In October 2022, he beat Charles Oliveira via submission to win the vacant UFC lightweight title and successfully defended the belt against Volkanovski in a close fight. 

Volkanovski turned pro in 2012. Joining the UFC in 2016, he is 12-0 with the promotion. Beating Max Holloway in 2019 for the UFC featherweight title, VolkanovFolivski has defended the belt five times, twice against Holloway. After losing to Makhachev, Volkanovski successfully retained his featherweight title against Yair Rodriguez in July.

The Volkanovski-Makhachev rematch was booked on 10 days’ notice after Volkanovski’s original opponent, Charles Oliveira, injured himself while training.

WATCH: UFC 294: Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2, exclusively on ESPN+

Another fight that was switched was the co-main event between Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa. Recovering from surgery, Costa backed out and former UFC welterweight champion Usman moved elected to move up in weight to replace him.

Here’s all you need to know about UFC 294, from time, channel, cost, odds, card, and more. 

When is UFC 294: Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2?

UFC 294 begins at 10 a.m. ET with the prelims, with the main card at 2 p.m. ET. Makhachev and Volkanovski should make their way to the octagon around 5:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.

Here’s how that translates to different timezones globally:

Region Date Prelims Start Time Main Card Start Time Main Event Start Time (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Saturday, October 21 10 a.m. ET 2 p.m. ET 5:15 p.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Saturday, October 21 7 a.m. PT 11 a.m. PT 2:15 p.m. PT
UK and Ireland Saturday, October 21 3 p.m. BST 7 p.m. BST 10:15 p.m. BST
Australia Sunday, October 22 12 a.m. AEST 4 a.m. AEST 7:15 a.m. AEST

How to watch UFC 294: Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2

Country Date Channel + Live Stream (main card)
United States Saturday, October 21 ESPN+, ESPN PPV
Canada Saturday, October 21 BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel,  Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass
United Kingdom Saturday, October 21 TNT Sports
Australia Sunday, October 22 Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass

Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2 PPV price: How much does UFC 294 cost? 

In the U.S., the UFC 294 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 292 is $79.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $134.98 for the UFC 294 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers savings of more than 30 percent.

WATCH: UFC 294: Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2, exclusively on ESPN+

Product Prices
ESPN+ Monthly Subscription $10.99/mo
ESPN+ Annual Subscription $109.99/yr
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported $14.99/mo
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads $24.99/mo
UFC PPV Standalone $79.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual) $134.98, then $109.99/year
UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle

$79.99, then $14.99/mo

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

Where is UFC 294?

UFC 294 takes place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The arena can hold up to 18,000 people.

Betting odds for UFC 294: Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Per Bet MGM, Islam Makhachev is the -225 favorite, while Alexander Volkanovski is the +185 underdog. 

Islam Makhachev record, bio

  • Nationality: Russian
  • Born: Sept. 7, 1991
  • Height: 5-10
  • Reach: 70.5 inches
  • Total fights: 25
  • Record: 24-1 with four wins via knockout, 11 via submission

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Alexander Volkanovski record, bio 

  • Nationality: Australian
  • Born: Sept. 29, 1988
  • Height: 5-6
  • Reach: 71 inches
  • Total fights: 28
  • Record: 26-2 with 13 wins via knockout

UFC 294 fight card

Main card

  • Islam Makhachev (c) vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2 for the UFC lightweight title
  • Kamaru Usman vs. Khamzat Chimaev; Middleweights
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker; Light Heavyweights
  • Ikram Aliskerov vs. Warlley Alves; Middleweights
  • Said Nurmagomedov vs. Muin Gafurov; Bantamweights


  • Tim Elliott vs. Muhammad Mokaev; Flyweights
  • Mohammad Yahya vs. Trevor Peek; Lightweights
  • Javid Basharat vs. Victor Henry; Bantamweights
  • Abu Azaitar vs. Sedriques Dumas; Middleweights
  • Mike Breeden vs. Anshul Jubli; Lightweights
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Muhammad Naimov; Featherweights
  • Victoria Dudakova vs. Jinh Yu Frey; Strawweights
  • Sharabutdin Magomedov vs. Bruno Silva; Middleweights

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