The UFC will make its long-awaited return to London in March. After a three-year hiatus, the premier mixed martial arts promotion will return to the O2 Arena on March 19 for its 12th show in the English capital.
UFC president Dana White told SunSport last month that the show was in doubt because of the increase in Omcron cases and the possibility of more sanctions being imposed.
But the easing of restrictions by the UK government has paved the way for the return of the MMA leader.
White said: “Every time we hold an event in London it is an incredible experience.
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“The fans are unbelievable, and the fights are always off the charts.
“It’s a different kind of energy in England. And I can’t wait to get back there on the fight card on March 19.”
The UFC was last in London in March 2019, with their last show before the pandemic headlined by a welterweight clash between Liverpool’s Darren Till and fan favorite Jorge Masvidal.
He was due to return to London in March 2020 but pulled the plug on the card six days before fight night due to the pandemic.
Pride of Birmingham Leon Edwards was set to headline the card against former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
While the pandemic hasn’t stopped UK-based fighters from competing in 2020 and 2021, the UFC is going to extreme lengths to keep its beefy roster active.
The promotion engaged its international fighters four times on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, which was promotionally named Fight Island.
They’ve also held a number of events at their Apex facility in Las Vegas, though it looks like they’re slowly but surely getting back on the road.
A main event for March 19 has not yet been finalized, although a showdown between Till and Uriah Hall has been discussed.
There has also been a clash between Arnold Allen and New Zealand’s Dean Hooker, with SunSport in early talks.
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