- Main Card features Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens and Carla Esparza vs. Alexa Grasso
- All fights live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 5 p.m. ET; Pre- and Post Show on ESPN+
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UFC Fight Night on ESPN+: Rodriguez vs. Stephens in Mexico City streams exclusively on ESPN+ this Saturday, September 21, at 5 p.m. ET from Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The main event features a featherweight matchup between Mexico’s Yair Rodriguez (12-2-0) and Jeremy Stephens (28-16-0). UFC Live returns to ESPN2 on Friday night, providing fans with exclusive takes on the biggest news, stars and stories tailored to UFC Fight Night: Mexico City. For the first time, every single fight on the card will be available for individual fight-by-fight replay on ESPN+.
Squaring off at the Mexico City Arena nearly 7,000 feet above sea level, “El Pantera” will look to make it 11 wins in his last 12 fights in a homecoming match. This will be the first fight in Mexico since 2015 for Rodriguez, who was born in Parral. No stranger to altitude, Rodriguez is coming off a last-second knockout win over the Korean Zombie in Denver, and a win would put him into the top five. Stephens is looking to get back on track after losses in his past two Octagon appearances.
In the co-main event, former inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza (15-6-0) takes on Mexico’s Alexa Grasso (11-2-0) in a strawweight matchup. Both fighters are coming off unanimous decision wins and looking to build win streaks.
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UFC Fight Night on ESPN+: Rodriguez vs. Stephens
Programming (All times ET)
|Fri., 9/20||11 a.m.||Pre-Show||ESPN+|
|5:30 p.m.||UFC Live: Fight Night Mexico City||ESPN2, Live and Replay|
|Sat., 9/21||5 p.m.||Prelims||ESPN+, English and Spanish|
|8 p.m.||Main Card||ESPN+, English and Spanish|
|11 p.m.||Post Show||ESPN+ Live and Replay|
Main Card and Prelims (All times ET)
|8:00 PM||Main||Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens|
|Co-Main||Carla Esparza vs. Alexa Grasso|
|Undercard||Brandon Moreno vs. Askar Askarov|
|Undercard||Vanessa Melo vs. Irene Aldana|
|Undercard||Martin Bravo vs. Steven Peterson|
|5:00 PM||Feature||Jose Quinonez vs. Carlos Huachin|
|Undercard||Marco Polo Reyes vs. Kyle Nelson|
|Undercard||Ariane Carnelossi vs. Angela Hill|
|Undercard||Sergio Pettis vs. Tyson Nam|
|Undercard||Vinicius Moreira vs. Paul Craig|
|Undercard||Sijara Eubanks vs. Bethe Correia|
|Undercard||Claudio Puelles vs. Marcos Mariano|
*All fights available for individual replay on ESPN+
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