How to watch UFC Saudi Arabia: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov fight card details, start times and more

The show goes on for Robert Whittaker, who faces Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Saudi Arabia following the last-minute withdrawal from Khamzat Chimaev.  

Whittaker (25-7) won The Ultimate Fighter in 2012 and eventually became UFC middleweight champion. “The Reaper” lost the belt against Israel Adesanya in 2019, won three straight, and lost a rematch in 2022. Since then, he is 2-1 in his last three fights.

Chimaev is out of the fight due to a severe illness. Competing against a new opponent without much preparation would rattle most fighters. Whittaker is not like most, as he welcomes all challengers.  

“There weren’t a lot of names thrown around, nobody would take it, it was too short notice. I understand the level of danger Ikram brings in. He is a guy coming in last minute, he was fighting this weekend, so he’s ready, he has nothing to lose, everything to gain, and he has a dangerous skillset,” Whittaker told BJPenn.com.

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Aliskerov (15-1) competed for Brave CF, with the only loss of his pro career being against Chimaev in 2019. The seven-time Sambo gold medalist has won seven straight since that fight and is 3-0 in the octagon. The Dana White’s Contender Series standout last fought in October. Unranked, he looks to shock the world by beating a former champion in Whittaker.

Here’s how you can watch UFC Saudi Arabia, including streaming options and TV channel to catch the prelims and the main card.

UFC Saudi Arabia: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov start time

  • Date: Saturday, June 22
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET (noon ET prelims) | 8 pm. BST | 5 a.m. AEST (Sunday) 
  • Location: Kingdom Arena (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
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The prelims for UFC Saudi Arabia begin at noon ET. The main card starts at 3 p.m. ET. Whittaker and Aliskerov should make their way to the octagon around 7 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.

How to watch UFC Saudi Arabia prelims

The prelims, starting at noon ET, will air on ESPN+.  

The prelims will feature Dana White’s Contender Series standout Farid Basharat vs. Montel Jackson, who is on a four-fight win streak. Nasrat Haqparast faces Jared Gordon, while Xiao Long and Lee Chang-ho compete in the finals of the Road to UFC Season 2 bantamweight tournament. 

WATCH: UFC Saudi Arabia: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov, live on ESPN+

How to watch UFC Saudi Arabia main card

UFC Saudi Arabia is available on ABC and ESPN+ in the U.S. It can also be streamed via Fubo which offers a free trial. The main card will air on TNT Sports in the U.K.

UFC Saudi Arabia fight card, odds

Main Card

  • Robert Whittaker (-150) vs. Ikram Aliskerov (+125); Middleweights
  • Sergei Pavlovich (-210) vs. Alexander Volkov (+175); Heavyweights
  • Johnny Walker (-145) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (+120); Light Heavyweights
  • Kelvin Gastelum (-250) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (+190); Welterweights
  • Sharabutdin Magomedov (-250) vs. Joilton Lutterbach (+195); Middleweights
  • Muhammad Naimov (-115) vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan (-105); Featherweights

Prelims

  • Magomed Gadzhiyasulov (-450) vs. Brendson Ribeiro (+350); Light Heavyweights
  • Farid Basharat (-200) vs. Montel Jackson (+165); Bantamweights
  • Abu Azaitar (+105) vs. Denis Tiuliulin (-125); Middleweights
  • Rinat Fakhretdinov (-275) vs. Nicolas Dalby (+225); Welterweights
  • Nasrat Haqparast (-250) vs. Jared Gordon (+190); Lightweights
  • Kang Kyung-ho (-105) vs. Muin Gafurov (-115); Bantamweights
  • Xiao Long (-110) vs. Lee Chang-ho (-110); Bantamweights
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* Betting odds per Bet MGM

Upcoming UFC TV schedule

Date Event Location How to watch
June 22, 2024 Whittaker vs. Aliskerov Kingdom Arena, Saudi Arabia ESPN+, ABC
June 29, 2024 UFC 303: McGregor vs. Chandler T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA ESPN+
July 13, 2024 Barber vs. Namajunas Ball Arena – Denver, Colorado ESPN, ESPN+
July 20, 2024 TBA vs. TBA UFC APEX, Las Vegas, USA ESPN+

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