UFC London new: Paddy Pimblett in action ahead of Tom Aspinall against Curtis Blaydes in the main event

A host of British fighters will perform to a raucous home crowd tonight when UFC London plays at the O2 Arena.

In the main event, Tom Aspinall looks to continue his remarkable heavyweight run when he takes on Curtis Blaydes. Wigan fighter Aspinall is 5-0 in the UFC with five stoppage wins, all coming in the first two rounds. Aspinall, 29, competed in his first UFC main event this year at the March edition of UFC London, sending off veteran Alexander Volkov in the first round after beating the Russian. Now Aspinall takes on wrestling specialist Blaydes, whose only professional losses have come against the division’s toughest hitters, with Francis Ngannou (twice) and Derrick Lewis KO’ing the American. The winner of today’s main event can even compete for the title next time, or face another test before receiving that honor.

Elsewhere on the map, fan favorite Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett takes on Jordan Leavitt. Pimblett, from Liverpudlian, who starred in the show at the O2 in March, had some stern words for the American this week, saying: “My grandma is dead and she would finish him off. I’m going to come out and take his head off, I’m coming to take his chin home.” Pimblett’s fellow scouser Molly McCann is also in action after she had a stunning twisting elbow KO at the last edition of UFC London , while Scotsman Paul Craig also climbs back into the Octagon. Follow UFC London live updates and results below.

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L’udovit Klein def. Mason Jones by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

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Jones shakes his head as he looks through the fence. He knows that this one goes in Klein’s way.

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Jones vs. Klein – Round 3

Jones wrestles Klein against the fence but the Slovak reverses position and slams the Welshman to the canvas.

Klein goes into full watch where Jones tries to throw up a triangle choke – to no avail.

Jones is eventually able to stand, but Klein hooks himself in and hangs onto the Welshman’s back.

He slips but stays in a controlling position. The pair soon break up with 30 seconds on the clock.

We go to the judges’ scorecards.

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Jones vs. Klein – Round 2

Small with a left hook that lands clean. Jones comes back with some decent punches, but his chin sticks up in the air and he’s caught in a powerful one-two!

The Welshman falls to the mat glassy-eyed, but somehow he comes back to reality in time to defend himself as Klein follows him onto the canvas!

Klein regains control and parries an armbar attempt by Jones.

Jones is eventually able to get up and get to work, placing Klein with his back to the fence. Great resilience from Jones.

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Jones vs. Klein – Round 1

Jones stares at Klein. Here we go.

Jones just connects with a left hook. He then throws a front kick to the body. Lots of finting from southpaw Klein, who put a few hooks in for Jones. Jones with an inside low kick, but Klein trumps him with a hard, straight punch.

Jones applies some pressure before grabbing Klein against the fence. Good defense against the Slovak and he breaks free before landing a crisp jab while moving away.

Jones gets a hard left head kick. He throws another tee kick to the body before grabbing Klein against the cage wall. The Welshman throws in a couple of knees to the body before attempting an elbow from the break but Klein slips away.

“Oh, Paddy The Baddy,” chants the voices at the O2… He won’t show up until 9pm!

Klein lands a nice jumping headbutt!

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Another preliminary fight is coming up!

Mason Jones of Wales takes on L’udovit Klein of Slovakia in an easy match.

Jones, 27, had known for some time that he would be playing with this card, but he only found out who his opponent would be about a week ago.

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Defeated Marc Diakiese. Damir Hadzovic by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27).

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Diakiese vs. Hadzovic – Round 3

Hadzovic can finally stand in the round with just a few seconds left. Diakiese steps back before attempting a creative, acrobatic kick! He misses, but he rolls under Hadzovic’s counterattack and scores a final takedown just before the buzzer sounds.

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Diakiese vs. Hadzovic – Round 3

Diakiese throws a left hook to the body, then fires for a takedown. Hadzovic defends him but stumbles right after.

Much more control time for diakiesis now. He will take a decisive victory here.

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