Sounds just like the UFC might be returning to Europe by the top of summer time, and extra particularly London in August.
This was first reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, who says that though nothing has been finalized or mentioned past preliminary issues, it seems the UFC is significantly contemplating reserving a card within the metropolis sooner reasonably than later.
If the rumored concept involves fruition, this might mark the promotion’s first card in London because the Darren Until vs. Jorge Masvidal Struggle Night time card in 2019. The UFC had initially deliberate to guide a combat between welterweights Leon Edwards and Tyron Woodley scheduled for Might 2020 earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic modified these plans.
The UK is dwelling to many high-profile stars within the UFC; together with Edwards, Until, newly-signed Paddy Pimblett, and former UFC middleweight champion, and present tv analyst Michael Bisping.
This may additionally mark the primary card held out of the country exterior of the USA and UAE because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic. England is reportedly urgent forward with their unique plan of easing COVID restrictions within the nation starting on Might seventeenth, together with permitting individuals to congregate indoors together with at sports activities and leisure venues.
The speed of COVID-19 circumstances has continued to say no over the previous few months with the rise of vaccinations across the nation.
This may additionally provide an ideal alternative to guide Pimblett, one of many newest and hottest signings by the UFC. Pimblett, a local of Liverpool, is a former featherweight champion in Cage Warriors and hasn’t fought within the UFC since he was signed earlier this 12 months. Rumored opponents embody Julian Erosa and Jared Gordon.
It’s virtually sure that if and when the UFC returns to London, they may guide a star-studded card for followers to get pleasure from after having suffered by means of the challenges of COVID-19 over the previous 12 months.
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