With no hyperbole attached to this statement, September is going to be a great month for fans of the UFC.

The first three weekends of September will be home to three very exciting fight night cards before September is capped off with two massive title fights at UFC 253.

Here’s what’s in store in the for UFC fight fans next month.

UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Sakai

The first card to kick off UFC’s September lineup will be headlined by all-time great Alistair Overeem taking on Augusto Sakai in a premier Heavyweight bout. Overeem is coming off of an emotional win over Walt Harris this past May and will look to continue his winning ways in the hopes of climbing the Heavyweight mountain once again.

Sakai on the other hand is on a three-fight win streak within the UFC with his last win also coming this past May over Blagoy Ivanov. A win here for either man would position them for another premier bout in the Heavyweight division as they would inch closer towards the title.

UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Teixeira

The headline bout for the September 12th card will be Thiago Santos coming off of his devastating knee injuries to face veteran Glover Teixeira, about discussed in a previous article of ours here.

This card in totality may have a bit more depth on the surface than the aforementioned Fight Night Overeem VS. Sakai, but both will contain great fights throughout. Fight Night Santos VS. Teixeira will feature the co-main event of “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson taking on another rising star in fan-favorite Angela Hill. Both Waterson and Hill lost their most recent bouts in very controversial fashion, both via split decisions that could have believably gone either way. Both will look to rebound with a win here.

Building off of the high stakes of the co-main, the main event has all of the stakes in the world. Santos was last defeated against former Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones before going away to repair his absolutely destroyed knees. Teixeira was last seen putting on the performance of his life against Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, who will be fighting this weekend, August 29th. As discussed in that previous article listed above, the winner of this bout will likely be next in line to challenge the winner of Reyes-Blachowicz for the Light Heavyweight Championship.

UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley

Talk about bad blood.. This feud has been brewing for the better part of four years. Covington and Woodley are both former UFC Welterweight Champions, interim and undisputed respectively. Both will be looking to reenter the title picture with a win here. Colby Covington was most recently defeated by current Champion Kamaru Usman, the same man who took the title from Woodley. To date, Covington has been the only man to truly test the champion inside the octagon. A win for Covington in this grudge match could put him against Usman once again. Woodley, on the other hand, took some extended time off after losing the title to Usman, only returning this past May in defeat at the hands of the current number one contender Gilbert Burns.

The fight against Burns was not a close one, with many scoring the contest 50-44 or worse 50-43 indicating that not only did Burns win every round, but in one or two of those rounds, Woodley was thoroughly dominated. This will be a gut check for the former champion. Similar to the Santos-Teixeira bout, the stakes for this fight are incredibly high.

Some additional big names on this card include Mirsad Baktic who will look to improve on his progress thus far. Mackenzie Dern will be taking on Randa Markos in the feature women’s bout. Johnny Walker returns to the octagon to continue his run to get to the top of the Light Heavyweight division. And the fan’s main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone steps back into the octagon to face a certified killer in Niko Price.

UFC 253

September is being closed out with one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year. While this card has a lot for the dedicated MMA fan, a casual fan will still find joy throughout this card. However, this card is built upon the backs of two main title fights.

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The fight for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz, and the Middleweight title fight between bitter rivals Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa. Beginning with the Light Heavyweight bout, both Reyes and Blachowicz believed they were the next contender for Jon Jones’ Championship.

Many believed Reyes actually defeated Jones in their bout, and Jan is currently on the run of his career. However, with Jones vacating the title, the stage is set to crown a new king of the Light Heavyweight division.

Moving to the Middleweight division, Adesanya versus Costa was the original plan for the UFC following Costa’s victory over Yoel Romero last August. However, a bicep injury and subsequent surgery kept Costa from competing and Romero was chosen to take his place. Costa is now fully recovered and will look to silence Adesanya and hand him his first MMA loss. Adesanya will have the same motivations, however. Both men have talked an immense amount of trash leading up to this fight. One of these two men will leave this bout with their first pro loss, and the other will leave with the Middleweight Championship.

What are you most looking forward to this September in the world of MMA?

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