UFC 297 Countdown: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Fighters' Preparations/ VIDEO

UFC 297 will take place this weekend, the UFC has already made a big announcement of its first PPV event of the year

by Sededin Dedovic
UFC 297 Countdown: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Fighters' Preparations/ VIDEO
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The first "PPV" event of 2024 is upon us, bringing with it a clash of titans, rising stars and great tension. UFC 297, which takes place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, promises an explosive week of fights that will culminate in the crowning of a champion and potentially career-defining performances for certain fighters.

In the main event, Sean Strickland, the reigning middleweight champion, faces Dricus Du Plessis, a rising contender with a perfect UFC record. Their rivalry goes beyond rankings, fueled by heated exchanges in press conferences and physical altercations in the stands at UFC 296.

Inside the Octagon, Strickland's relentless pressure and striking power will rival Du Plessis' technical ability and knockout power. The winner will take the middleweight crown, and that's a big bet.

The women's bantamweight division needs a new 'superstar'

Across the octagon, the vacant women's bantamweight title awaits its new owner.

Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva step into the spotlight, hoping to fill the void left by Amanda Nunes. While neither fighter boasts the star power of Rousey, Nunes or Tate, their determination and skill promises a competitive battle.

Pennington, a veteran known for her grit and tenacity, faces Silva, a Brazilian prodigy of aggressive jiu-jitsu. Whoever emerges victorious will bring new energy to a division that needs a new face and a new superstar. In addition to the championship fights, the fight card is full of promising matches.

Rising Canadian welterweight star Mike Malott faces a tough test in Neil Magny, a seasoned veteran known for his pace and unpredictability. Local hero Marc-Andre Barriault takes on Chris Curtis in a middleweight clash that is sure to fire up the crowd in Toronto.

Light heavyweight contenders Arnold Allen and Movsar Evloev collide in a technical bout with a potential "fight of the night" written all over it. And with rising prospects like Brad Katona, Charles Jourdain and Jasmine Jasudavicius eager to make their mark, UFC 297 promises to be an exciting display of MMA talent.

UFC's signature "Countdown" series offers a behind-the-scenes look at fighters' preparations. UFC 297 promises to be a big event, a lot of big fights, and credit should be given to the UFC management for this first event in 2024.