There’s no doubt that UFC London is stacked…again! Tom Aspinal and Curtis Blayde card title in what could potentially be a No. 1 contender’s fight for a heavyweight title shot. The co-main event was to be Darren up versus. Jack Hermanssonhowever, Till had to step down and was replaced by Chris Curtis. Paddy Pimblet, Molly McCann and former title contenders, Alexander Gustafsson and Oezdemir Volcano all are also on the map.
There are a number of notable British names missing from the UFC London card and we take a look at the Top 5. We still don’t know why. Jack Shore, who fought last weekend has not been pushed back a week to fight in the UK. Unfortunately for UK fans, Shore suffered his first UFC loss at the hands of Ricky Simon.
Top 5 fighters missing from UFC London
1 – Lerone Murphy
‘The miracle’, Lerona Murphy has yet to fight in front of his home crowd, despite having been a member of the UFC roster since 2019. The caveat to this is that he made his debut during the pandemic and therefore has no could appear in the UK. That being said, there’s no real reason why he wasn’t on the March London card. He does, however, have a valid reason not to be on this weekend’s card. He suffered a life-threatening injury. Murphy reported that he was hit by a car, sustained a head injury and nearly bled while waiting for medical help.
Lerone Murphy MUST be on the UFC London card this time around pic.twitter.com/BIJO1M5UVb
— LW 🦍 (@UnderratedZ7) April 28, 2022
Murphy is undefeated at 11-0-1 and deserves to fight in front of his home crowd sooner or later. Sadly, he won’t be on this weekend’s card, however, hopefully see him appear on a PPV towards the end of the year when he’s back in top form.
Potential opponents – Hakeem Dawodu, Julian Erosa, Edson Barboza
London. March. Co-main event. Arnold Allen picks up the biggest victory of his career against Dan Hooker. Hooker dropped to featherweight for the first time in 12 fights. He faced some of the biggest names at 155 pounds, seemingly on the verge of a title shot at times. Allen and Hooker went to war for only 2:33 and it was Allen who fought his way to victory.
Ranked No. 6 in the featherweight division, Allen owes a big fight. He’s on a nine-game winning streak and has rarely been tested so far. It doesn’t make much sense why he no longer features in the O2 in what would have been his fifth appearance in the arena under the UFC banner. Hopefully Allen gets the big fight he deserves towards the end of the year.
Potential opponents – Brian Ortega, Bryce Mitchell, Josh Emmett
3 – Cory McKenna
The young Welsh ironworker, Cory McKenna is 1-1 in the UFC and was lucky enough to feature on the last UFC London card in March. Unfortunately for her, she was unable to raise her hand on this occasion, suffering the first defeat of her career. Make no mistake about it, though, at just 23, she can definitely ‘go again’.
She has to face Miranda Granger to the UFC’s fight night card scheduled for August 6, however, she should definitely be on the next UK card.
4 – Davey Grant
peculiar to England, Davey Grant has been in decent form lately. Since 2020, he has landed four fight bonuses in five fights, including two performance bonuses of the night and two fight bonuses of the night. He went away with Marlon Vera and Adrian Yanez and although he lost both, he fought for 15 minutes. More recently, Grant savagely knocked out Louis Smolka in May, kicking him out of the UFC.
Arguably the reason Grant won’t be competing at UFC London this weekend is because it’s been too short a time since his last fight, where he suffered damage. It would have made sense for Grant to feature at the O2, having not fought in England since UFC 204 in 2016. Grant could possibly feature on the UFC Paris card, which is of course a little closer to home for the British fans.
Potential opponents – Raphael Assuncao, Casey Kenny, Victor Henry
5 – Gunnar Nelson
UK fan favorite ‘Gunni’ Gunnar Nelson is a regular at UFC London, having featured on three of the last four O2 arena cards. The welterweight made a triumphant return to action in March, outscoring and largely dominating Takashi Satohaving not won a victory since 2018.
Again, it makes no sense why Nelson isn’t on the July card. He hasn’t been very active, having only competed four times since 2018. The London card this weekend would be a great opportunity for him to return in 2022 and then possibly compete again later in the year. . We assume it will only feature once more this year as it is not currently booked.
Potential opponents – Gabe Green, Danny Roberts, Jeremiah Wells