Dana White has confirmed that the UFC will return to London.
The alleged date for the UFC London Fight Night event is March 19, and while White has not confirmed the card is official, he has assured fans that the UK is definitely on the company’s plans. without mentioning a specific date for a return.
“We will come to London,” White said BT Sport. “We are going to discover London. We will be coming to London and we have some great things coming to the UK over the next couple of years so I’m really excited about that. So I want to thank all the fans. They hung out there for a long time as we fought and tried to find a way to deliver it to you, and we’ve got some good things going on, so I’m excited.
The promotion hasn’t visited London since UFC Fight Night 147 in 2019, which was headlined by a welterweight fight between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal won a big knockout and in the main co-event Leon Edwards outlasted Gunnar Nelson, who staged an infamous backstage altercation between Masvidal and Edwards.
An event titled by Edwards and Tyron Woodley was then scheduled for March 2020 in London, but the card was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFC then targeted a return to London on September 4, but that event ended at UFC Apex in Las Vegas after lingering issues with COVID-19.
The current London March 19 card lineup has already taken shape, with some of the most notable names in the UK MMA scene. No main event has yet been formalized, but Till is expected to make headlines. Rising star Paddy Pimblett has also confirmed he will be participating in this card.
The UFC Fight Night lineup for March 19 includes:
- Francisco Figueiredo vs. Jake Hadley
- Luana Carolina vs. Molly McCann
- Cody Durden vs. Muhammad Mokaev
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Grundy
- Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Tom Aspinall
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