UFC 302 start time, fight card, TV schedule for Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier, Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa

The UFC 302 start time and TV schedule for the Makhachev vs. Poirier event on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, is below.

The fight card is broken into three different parts and airs on multiple mediums. This post helps explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The event kicks off with a three-fight early preliminary card at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+, headlined by a welterweight bout between Mickey Gall and Bassil Hafez.

Mickey Gall vs. Bassil Hafez

Ailin Perez vs. Joselyne Edwards

Mitch Raposo vs. Andre Lima

The event then moves to a four-fight preliminary card at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+, headlined by a middleweight bout between Cesar Almeida and Roman Kopylov.

Cesar Almeida vs. Roman Kopylov

Jailton Almeida vs. Alexandr Romanov

Grant Dawson vs. Joe Solecki

Phil Rowe vs. Jake Matthews

The ESPN+ pay-per-view begins at 10 p.m. ET and is headlined by a lightweight title fight between UFC champion Islam Makhachev and former interim champ Dustin Poirier. Makhachev looks to tie the all-time UFC record for consecutive lightweight title defenses (3), while Poirier takes his likely final shot at capturing undisputed gold. Former middleweight champion Sean Strickland faces one-time title challenge Paulo Costa in a five-round, non-title co-main event. The official UFC 302 main card can be seen below.

Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier

Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa

Kevin Holland vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Niko Price vs. Alex Morono

Randy Brown vs. Elizeu Zaleski

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