The UFC will return to London in July, just four months after its last visit to the English capital.
In March, the UFC hosted its first UK pay-per-view event since 2016, when British champion Leon Edwards retained his welterweight title against the man he dethroned last year, Kamaru Usman, at the O2 Arena.
On Saturday, July 22, the UFC will return to the same location for a Fight Night event.
No fights have been announced for the card yet, but a heavyweight clash between Wigan’s Tom Aspinall and Poland’s Marcin Tybura is rumored.
It has also been suggested that Edwards could make a quick switch to defend his belt against Colby Covington, although title fights are generally reserved for pay-per-view events.
Last year, the UFC hosted two Fight Nights at the O2 Arena, one in March and one in July. Aspinall led the first when he faced Alexander Volkov and won by first-round submission, and he also fought in the main event in July, when he suffered an injury within seconds of his fight with Curtis Blaydes.
Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann also headlined both events. Pimblett is currently recovering from surgery and he is not expected to be ready in time to perform at the July event, although McCann could still be involved.
Last week, British featherweight contender Arnold Allen headlined in Kansas City against Max Holloway, and Allen may have taken too much damage in the loss to be ready for July’s Fight Night.
the independent will provide more information on the UFC London card as it becomes available.
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