The UFC will be hosting nine events in August. On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission approved five regular UFC events as well as four dates for Dana White’s Contender Series.

The first fight card will go ahead on August 1. In the main event, former bantamweight champion Holly Holm will take on rising star Irene Aldana. The winner will likely be next in line for a shot at dual weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes, should she decided to fight again.

On August 8 the UFC will host another event headlined by heavyweight contenders Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman is also expected to return on the card against Omari Akhmedov.

Next up, UFC 252 which is set to be headlined by Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier III on August 15. The heavyweight duo currently hold one win each in the series and will settle the rivalry before ‘DC’ calls time on his all-time great career. Elsewhere on the card heavyweight contender, Jairzinho Rozenstruik will look to get back to winning ways after his devasting KO loss to Francis Ngannou. He takes on former champion Junior Dos Santos on the UFC 252 undercard.

Following that the UFC will host an event on August 22. As of yet, the card has no main event, but three fights have been announced. Mariya Agapova will take on Shana Dobson. Mizuki Inoue faces Amanda Lemos and Angela Hill squares off against Michelle Waterson.

The final UFC card of the month will take place on August 29. Once again, the main event has not yet been confirmed but several bouts have been announced including a light-heavyweight match-up between Anthony Smith and Aleksander Rakic. Featherweight contenders Zabit Magomedsharipov and Yair Rodriguez are also expected to face off on the card.

Alongside these events the UFC will run four Contender Series cards next month with the first being on August 4. The promotion will then host these cards every Tuesday night to the remainder of the month.

What UFC fight taking place in August are you most excited for?

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