Saturday evening will mark the UFC’s second journey to London in simply 4 months, with March’s scintillating version of the occasion forcing combined martial arts’ flagship promotion right into a speedy return.
Tom Aspinall, Paddy Pimblett and a number of British fighters secured assertion wins at UFC London in March, sending the O2 Arena into raptures on a night that broke Fight Night and O2 Arena data.
Aspinall’s first-round submission of Alexander Volkov that evening has earned him one other main-event spot this Saturday, with Curtis Blaydes set to face throughout the Octagon from the British heavyweight in what might be a conflict to crown a No 1 contender.
Pimblett, in the meantime, was arguably the star on the O2 Arena in March, through the first version of UFC London since 2019. The Liverpudlian light-weight will tackle Jordan Leavitt right here as he appears to be like to additional construct his profile.
Here’s all that you must find out about a stacked card.
When is it?
UFC London takes place on Saturday 23 July on the O2 Arena.
The prelims will start at 5pm BST, with the principle card following at 8pm. Ring walks for the principle occasion are anticipated to happen at roughly 10pm.
How can I watch it?
The card will air reside on BT Sport within the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and web site additionally streaming the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will stream the motion reside, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.
Aspinall – 4/6; Blaydes – 11/10
Pimblett – 4/11; Leavitt – 15/8
Full odds right here, through Betfair.
Aspinall is going through his hardest check but, however his trajectory and performances to this point means that he’ll have the ability to utilise his eclectic skillset to discover a well beyond Blaydes. All three of Blaydes’ skilled losses have come through knockout, although all had been towards heavier hitters than Aspinall (Derrick Lewis as soon as and Francis Ngannou twice). The American has a grappling benefit, so anticipate Aspinall to maintain the combat standing and don’t be stunned if he outpoints Blaydes; if the Briton is to cease the vacationer, it can probably be by means of voluminous strikes reasonably than a one-punch KO.
Pimblett is equally taking over his most harmful opponent to this point, and the Liverpudlian has been in worrying positions in each of his UFC outings – notably when he was dropped in his most up-to-date combat. As such, “Paddy The Baddy”’s declare of “Scousers don’t get knocked out” appears like it might someday come again to hang-out him, however Leavitt has achieved most of his wins through submission. Therefore, it’s within the grappling exchanges that the American will provide the best risk right here. If Pimblett could make the bout a placing affair, he could effectively report a scrappy knockout as he did in his UFC debut. That stated, he too has a major variety of submission wins, so sticking to placing could be a tactic influenced by his benefit in that realm – not due to any drawback in grappling.
Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall (heavyweight)
Jack Hermansson vs Chris Curtis (middleweight)
Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt (light-weight)
Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson (gentle heavyweight)
Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy (girls’s flyweight)
Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir (gentle heavyweight)
Marc Diakiese vs Damir Hadzovic (light-weight)
Nathaniel Wood vs Charles Rosa (bantamweight)
Makwan Amirkhani vs Jonathan Pearce (featherweight)
Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson (flyweight)
Jai Herbert vs Kyle Nelson (light-weight)
Mandy Bohm vs Victoria Leonardo (girls’s flyweight)
Claudio Silva vs Nicolas Dalby (welterweight)
L’udovit Klein vs Mason Jones (light-weight)