March promises to deliver a thrilling Fight Night for fans
In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Luigi Vendramini of Brazil kicks Paddy Pimblett of England in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
After a two-year pandemic-enforced break the UFC is heading to London to give pubs and clubs a prime time opportunity.
Some of the most exciting names in MMA will tough it out at the O2 Arena, in what is bound to be a crowd-pulling event.
And with the main card getting underway at 8pm on Saturday 19 March, it’s perfect timing for the on-trade to really pack a punch.
It will be the first time the UFC has held an event outside of the US or Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island since the start of the pandemic – showing how big the sport is on this side of the Atlantic.
BT Sport will bring what looks like a fascinating line-up live to pubs and clubs across the UK.
Home heavyweight talent Tom Aspinall tops the bill in a showdown with Russian Alexander Volkov.
At the other end of the scales featherweight Arnold Allen has a mouth-watering match-up against Dan Hooker.
And two Liverpool fighters, Molly McCann and Paddy Pimblett, will both be looking to enhance their already burgeoning reputations.
It’s all set up for a memorable night in the Octogen, as UFC president Dana White said: "Every time we put on an event in London, it's an unbelievable experience. The fans are incredible, and the fights are always off the charts.
“It’s a different kind of energy in England. And I can’t wait to get back there with a fight card on March 19.”
Among the other names set to feature on a showcase evening in London are Wales’ rising bantamweight contender Jack Shore, Birmingham flyweight Jake Hadley and Wigan featherweight Mike Grundy.
Fight Card for UFC London 2022
Alexander Volkov vs Tom Aspinall
Arnold Allen vs Dan Hooker
Paddy Pimblett vs Kazula Vargas
Molly McCann vs Luana Carolina
Gunnar Nelson vs Claudio Silva
Nikita Krylov vs Paul Craig
Nathaniel Wood vs Liudvik Sholinian
Jack Shore vs Timur Valiev
Muhammad Mokaev vs Cody Durdan
Cory McKenna vs Elise Reed
- Card subject to change
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