What time is UFC 294 today? PPV schedule, main card start time for Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2

Will it be repeat or revenge when Islam Makhachev defends the UFC lightweight title against UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294 on October 21? The fight takes place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi and airs on ESPN+ PPV in the U.S.

The match is taking place at ten days’ notice. Makhachev was supposed to fight Charles Oliveira in a rematch before the latter had to back out. Consequently, Volkanovski, who recently recovered from hand surgery, stepped up to face the Russian.

When they fought at UFC 284 at the beginning of the year, Makhachev landed 57 of 95 significant strikes (60%), while Volkanovski landed 70 of 143 (48%). The former won the fight via unanimous decision in a close contest.  Makhachev has not fought since then.

Volkanovski fought in July, beating Yair Rodriguez to retain the featherweight title. After a few months off, he is ready to make history and will look to be much more aggressive this time around.

“It’s going to be an exciting one,” Volkanovski said via MMA Fighting. “Obviously, I want to go out there and hurt him. We’ll try to make sure it doesn’t go five rounds. I want to finish it early. I don’t want to test his gas tank. Don’t get me wrong, I think I can do it, but let’s not try and test it. Let’s just finish it nice and early. With how excited I am, how refreshed I am — both mentally and physically — I’m going to be a dangerous man in there. I plan on knocking him out.”

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

Another short-notice fight on the card will be Kamaru Usman, the former UFC welterweight champion, facing the rising Khamzat Chimaev in a middleweight clash. Chimaev was supposed to fight Paulo Costa, who had to back out after he revealed he had elbow surgery recently. The winner of this fight will challenge for the UFC middleweight title held by Sean Strickland, per UFC CEO Dana White. 

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

What time is UFC 294: Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski 2 today?

UFC 294 begins at 10 a.m. ET with the prelims, and the main card begins 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

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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.

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.

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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