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UFC announces March 19th event in London

The Octagon is finally headed back to the United Kingdom.

UFC fans at a London event in 2016.
UFC fans at a London event in 2016.
Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP via Getty Images

British MMA fans won’t have to wait too much longer to finally see the UFC in their country again.

On Wednesday the promotion announced a Fight Night event at London’s O2 Arena on March 19th, with tickets on sale on February 4th.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020, the UFC has held events exclusively in the United States and Abu Dhabi. When the global shutdown began, the first card cancelled was the London show slated to have Leon Edwards take on Tyron Woodley in the main event.

The last UFC London show occurred back in March 2019, when Jorge Masvidal sensationally knocked out Darren Till in the night’s headliner. Their previous non-US/non-Abu Dhabi event was UFC Brasilia, which was held behind closed doors.

No main event has been announced for the 2022 edition of UFC London, but Gunnar Nelson is hoping his first fight since 2019 is on the card. Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon has also been linked to the show, but the managers of both fighters disagreed with Dana White’s premature confirmation.