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Ten unmissable live events on BT Sport in August

The new season is here and you can take them all on in the coming weeks with this incredible selection of exclusive live action on BT Sport.

The new season is here on BT Sport and we’ve got an incredible line-up of live sport in August.

Here, we take a closer look at ten of the best televised events coming your way, all of which are also available for live streaming on BTSport.com and the award-winning BT Sport app.

You can also see a full list of upcoming live events on BT Sport right here.

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UFC 227: Sunday, August 5th

An incredible night of combat in the octagon saw TJ Dillashaw settle his long-running feud with Cody Garbrandt, possibly for good.

Having beaten 'One Love' to win back the bantamweight title in November, Dillashaw repeated the trick in even more emphatic fashion in their eagerly anticipated rematch.

The co-main event produced a similarly stunning outcome as flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, widely regarded as the UFC's greatest pound-for-pound fighter, suffered an unexpected loss to Henry Cejudo.

‘Mighty Mouse’ was looking for a record-extending 12th straight title defence, but Cejudo, a 2008 Olympic wrestling gold medallist, earned a split-decision win to avenge his defeat in their first clash and send shockwaves through the MMA world.

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City: Sunday, August 5th

Manchester City sent an ominous warning to their rivals for the Premier League title as they made light work of Chelsea in the FA Community Shield.

The champions were in sublime form at Wembley, with all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero grabbing both goals - his 200th and 201st for the club.

Teenage star Phil Foden also shone in the glorious north London sunshine as new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri discovered just how much work lies ahead if he is to successfully rebuild the Blues.

Could the traditional season opener prove the first of several trophies this term for Pep Guardiola's men?

Wolves v Everton: Saturday, August 11th (5pm) – BT Sport 1 HD/4K UHD

The new Premier League season finally arrives as the BT Sport cameras get a first look at Wolves following their impressive romp to the Championship title last term.

An ongoing Portuguese revolution led by boss Nuno and his ties with super-agent Jorge Mendes has created a considerable level of interest in the Black Country outfit as they return to the top flight for the first time in six years.

In the opposing dug-out will be another Portuguese in the shape of new Everton boss Marco Silva, the Toffees having finally got their man following Sam Allardyce’s ill-fated reign.

It’s been tough on the recruitment front for Silva as the club attempts to shake the effects of last summer’s disastrous splurge, but could he still hit the ground running?

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: Wednesday, August 15th (7.30pm) - BT Sport 2 HD/4K UHD

Spanish clubs have dominated European club football over the past decade, so it was little surprise to see two of their finest book this UEFA Super Cup date in May.

Real Madrid, of course, memorably shattered Liverpool’s dreams by lifting a third straight Champions League crown, becoming the first team in the post-European Cup era to achieve such a feat.

However, boss Zinedine Zidane and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo have both gone and the club have been curiously quiet in the transfer market since Julen Lopetegui’s acrimonious pre-World Cup appointment.

Atletico, meanwhile, look in typically rude health under the shrewd guidance of Diego Simeone after finishing last term in style with victory over Marseille in the Europa League final.

Could they feast on any early-season Real vulnerability as the former Spain boss gets his feet under the table?

Chelsea v Arsenal: Saturday, August 18th (5pm) – BT Sport 1 HD/4K UHD

The first London derby of the new campaign on BT Sport is an absolute cracker as Sarri welcomes Arsenal for his opening Premier League home game.

There will also be a new manager in the away dug-out at this fixture for the first time in 22 years, with Unai Emery creating a brave new dawn of his own in N5 after replacing Arsene Wenger.

Games between these two old rivals are rarely dull affairs and the tactical battle between Sarri and Emery will provide just one of many fascinating sub-plots at Stamford Bridge.

Who will strike an early blow in the hotly contested race for the top four?

BT Sport Fight Night – Belfast: Saturday, August 18th (8.30pm) – BT Sport 1 HD/4K UHD

From London, we swiftly hop to Belfast for an incredible evening of big-time open-air boxing.

Hometown hero Carl Frampton realises his dream of fighting at a packed and pumped-up Windsor Park as he puts his WBO interim bantamweight title on the line against Luke Jackson.

Tyson Fury provides a brilliant co-headline act as he takes on Francesco Pianeta in the second fight of a remarkable comeback that he hopes will take him to heavyweight world title glory once more.

Another big Irish favourite, London 2012 bronze medallist Paddy Barnes, also gets a world title shot in just his sixth professional fight as he challenges Cristofer Rosales for his WBC flyweight belt.

Champions League Playoffs: August 21st/22nd/27th/28th (5.55pm/8pm) – TBC

We bring you exclusive live coverage of both legs of all 12 ties as the race to reach the Champions League group stages comes to a head.

Scottish champions Celtic will be among the contenders if they can navigate their way past Greek side AEK Athens in the final qualifying round.

Liverpool v Brighton: Saturday, August 25th (5pm) - BT Sport 1 HD/4K UHD

Liverpool may have outclassed Manchester City over two legs in the Champions League, but their priority this season must surely be to mount a genuine challenge to the champions on home soil.

With the summer captures of Xherdan Shaqiri, much-needed goalkeeper Allison and midfield duo Fabinho and Naby Keita, the Reds now look an even stronger proposition than the side that surged so thrillingly to the cusp of European glory in May.

And with Mohamed Salah raring to go again after his incredible 44-goal debut campaign, Brighton will need to batten down the hatches if they are to emerge unscathed at Anfield.

Still, the Seagulls have made some canny additions of their own – not least Iran World Cup star and last season’s Eredivisie top scorer Alireza Jahanbakhsh – so could they spring a surprise on Merseyside?

MotoGP British Grand Prix: Sunday, August 26th (8.45am) - BT Sport 2 HD

It’s one of the highlights of the MotoGP calendar as Silverstone plays host to an incredible weekend of two-wheeled thrills and spills.

Remarkably, no British rider has ever won the premier-class race, but Cal Crutchlow will hope to end that particular record after last year’s fourth-placed finish.

As ever, the legendary Valentino Rossi will also have plenty of support from the huge crowds as he seeks his seventh top-level British Grand Prix win and ninth in all on these shores.

But with four different manufacturers triumphing at Silverstone in the past four years, it is anyone’s guess who will take the chequered flag this time – just as it should be.

Bristol Bears v Bath: Friday, August 31st (7pm) - BT Sport 1 HD/4K UHD

Bristol may have rebranded as the Bristol Bears to mark their return to the top flight following promotion, but that won’t change the nature of one of domestic rugby’s most intense rivalries.

The West Country derby is always one of the highlights of the Premiership season and the hosts will relish the chance to claim some early bragging rights over Todd Blackadder’s men.

Bath suffered a 12-11 defeat the last time the two sides met in February 2017, having romped to a 57-22 success a month earlier in a European Rugby Challenge Cup clash.

Which way will it go this time at an expectant Ashton Gate?

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