On about ten days’ notice, Alexander Volkanovski made weight for his upcoming UFC lightweight title fight against champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 294 on October 21. UFC 294 is in Abu Dhabi and airs on ESPN+ PPV.
Volkanovski is the current UFC featherweight champion, who weighed around 180 pounds when he got the call to replace Charles Oliveira, who injured himself while training. The Aussie fought Makhachev in February, losing to the Russian in a close contest. Going five rounds, Volkanovski avoided getting submitted and worked past Makhachev’s ground and pound. This time at 155, “The Great” hopes to finish the fight quickly.
“I want a better ending to this story. I want to finish him. I really want to go out there, and I think that’s my best bet,” Volkanovski told TNT Sports. “So let’s go and take it. I could go five rounds. I don’t want to test the cardio. Let’s not test it. Let’s go out there and finish him anyway.”
Makhachev has not fought since the Volkanovski fight. The 31-year-old believes Volkanovski’s efforts will still result in a loss. He doesn’t believe his opponent’s skills will give him an advantage and thinks Volkanvoski is just here for a payday.
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“Everybody knows what you need: just money,” Makhachev said at the UFC 294 press conference via MMA Junkie. “That’s it… You have to say thanks to me. I can choose any other opponent. We have (Mateusz) Gamrot, we have (Dustin) Poirier, everybody ready for this fight for the belt, but I give you second time chance. Say thank you – that’s it.”
When does UFC 294 start in the U.S. and Abu Dhabi? Here’s all you need to know about the event.
UFC 294 time difference from Abu Dhabi
With UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi — instead of, say, Las Vegas or New York — understanding the time difference is essential for making your plans to watch!
Abu Dhabi is eight hours of ahead of eastern time in the United States and Canada and 11 hours ahead of the Pacific Time zone.
What time is UFC 294 today: Makhachev vs. Volkanovski 2 today in Abu Dhabi?
UFC 294 begins at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT) on Saturday, October 21 with the prelims, and the main card begins at 10 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT). Makhachev and Volkanovski should make their way to the octagon around 1:15 a.m. local time (5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT), depending on how long the undercard fights last.
Here’s how that translates to different timezones globally:
|Region||Hours Difference||Prelims Start Time||Main Card Start Time||Main Event Start Time (approx.)|
|Abu Dhabi||—||6 p.m. GST||10 p.m. GST||1:15 a.m. GST|
|USA and Canada (ET)||8 hours behind||10 a.m. ET||2 p.m. ET||5:15 p.m. ET|
|USA and Canada (PT)||11 hours behind||7 a.m. PT||11 a.m. PT||2:15 p.m. PT|
|UK and Ireland||3 hours behind||3 p.m. BST||7 p.m. BST||10:15 p.m. BST|
|Australia||6 hours ahead||12 a.m. AEST||4 a.m. AEST||7:15 a.m. AEST|
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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.
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|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.
UFC 294 fight 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