Saturday night marks the UFC’s second trip to London in just four months, with the event’s dazzling March edition forcing the flagship mixed martial arts promotion to make a speedy return.
Tom Aspinall, Paddy Pimblett and a host of British fighters all secured victories at UFC London in March and swarmed the O2 Arena in a night that broke Fight Night and O2 Arena records.
Aspinall’s submission from Alexander Volkov in the first round tonight has earned him another main event spot this Saturday, with Curtis Blaydes set to face the British heavyweight in the Octagon in what could be a fight for a No. 1 contender crown.
Pimblett, meanwhile, was arguably the star at the O2 Arena in March, during the first edition of UFC London since 2019. The Liverpool lightweight will take on Jordan Leavitt here, who is looking to further build his profile.
Here’s everything you need to know about a stacked card.
When is it?
UFC London takes place on Saturday 23rd July at the O2 Arena.
The preliminary rounds start at 17:00 BST, with the main map following at 20:00. Ring Walks for the Main Event are expected to take place around 10pm.
How can I view it?
The card will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also streaming the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will stream the action live, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.
Aspinall – 4/6; Blaydes-11/10
Full odds here, via Betfair.
Aspinall faces his toughest test yet but his career and performances to date suggest he will be able to use his versatile skillset to find a way past Blaydes. All three of Blaydes’ professional losses were by KO, although all were against players stronger than Aspinall (once Derrick Lewis and twice Francis Ngannou). The American has a grappling advantage, so expect Aspinall to keep the fight going and don’t be surprised if he trumps Blaydes; If the Brit is to stop the tourist, it’s likely to be done with voluminous punches rather than a one-punch KO.
Pimblett is similarly taking on his most dangerous opponent yet and the Liverpool native has been in worrying positions in his two UFC games – particularly when he was dropped in his most recent fight. As such, Paddy The Baddy’s “Scousers don’t get knocked out” claim feels like it’ll come back to haunt him one day, but Leavitt has found most of his wins by submission. Therefore, in the clashes here, the American will pose the greatest threat. If Pimblett can make the fight a flashy affair, he may well rack up a scrappy knockout like he did in his UFC debut. However, he also has a significant number of submission wins, so sticking with the strike would be a tactic influenced by his advantage in that area – not because of a grappling disadvantage.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall (Heavyweight)
Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis (middleweight)
Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt (Lightweight)
Nikita Krylov vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Light Heavyweight)
Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy (Women’s Flyweight)
Paul Craig vs. Volkan Özdemir (Light Heavyweight)
L’udovit Klein vs. Mason Jones (Lightweight)
Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadzovic (Lightweight)
Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa (Featherweight)
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce (Featherweight)
Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson (Flyweight)
Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson (Lightweight)
Mandy Bohm vs. Victoria Leonardo (Women’s Flyweight)
Claudio Silva vs. Nicolas Dalby (welterweight)
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