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Robert Whittaker will be confronted Ikram Aliskerov in the main event of the UFC Fight Night this Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with the Russian fighter coming in as a last-minute replacement for the injury-plagued Khamzat Chimaev.

The event will take place at the Kingdom Arena, which is popular with the UFC and boxing governing bodies as Saudi Arabia's influence in both sports continues to grow.

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Whittaker, a former UFC champion with a record of 26 wins and 7 losses, comes into the fight after a unanimous decision victory over Paul Costa in February.

Aliskerov, on the other hand, enters the Octagon on a seven-fight winning streak, including his last two victories in the UFC.

The fact that he has almost automatically been awarded such a big fight means that the Russian has the perfect chance to cause an upset.

We have seen fighters get into trouble when their expected opponent is changed at the last moment. Remember Anthony JoshuaDefeat against Andy RuizJoshua had spent the entire training camp preparing for “Big Baby” Jarrell Miller.

When does the Whittaker-Aliskerov fight start?

Whittaker and Aliskerov are the main event of the card and will begin sometime after 3:00 p.m. ET.

It is likely that this fight will begin around 5:00 p.m. ET.

Where can you watch the Whittaker-Aliskerov fight in the USA?

Fans can catch all the action by watching the fights live on ESPN+ or tuning into the main program on ABC; the preliminary fights will also be broadcast on ESPN.

For those without access to ESPN's television services, streaming access is available through the ESPN app.

Here is a breakdown of Saturday’s UFC fight card:

Fight Night Schedule

  • Main event: Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov
  • Date: Saturday, June 22
  • Preliminary fights: Start at 12pm ET
  • Main Card: Starts at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

UFC Fight Night Card

  • Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov – Middleweight
  • Sergei Pavlovich vs. Alexander Volkov – Heavyweight
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Daniel Rodriguez – Middleweight
  • Shara Magomedov vs. Antonio Trocoli – Middleweight
  • Johnny Walker vs. Volkan Özdemir – Light Heavyweight
  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Jared Gordon – Lightweight
  • Muhammad Naimov vs. Felipe Lima – Men's Featherweight
  • Rinat Fakhretdinov vs. Nicolas Dalby – Welterweight
  • Kyung Ho Kang vs. Muin Gafurov – Men's Bantamweight
  • Magomed Gadzhiyasulov vs. Brendson Ribeiro – Light Heavyweight
  • Xiao Long vs. ChangHo Lee – Bantamweight, Men

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