UFC announce blockbuster show in London on March 19, three years after capital’s last event

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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 their 12th show in the English capital.

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The UFC has officially announced its return to London
It's been THREE YEARS since the MMA leader was not in the UK

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It’s been THREE YEARS since the MMA leader was not in the UKCredit: PA
A welterweight clash between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal headlined the latest London card

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A welterweight clash between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal headlined the latest London cardCredit: Getty

UFC President Dana White told SunSport last month that the show was in doubt due to the increase in Omicron cases and the possibility of new restrictions being put in place.

But the easing of restrictions by the UK government paved the way for the MMA frontman to return.

White said: “Every time we do an event in London it’s an amazing experience.

“The fans are amazing 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 with a fight card on March 19.”

The UFC was last in London in March 2019, with their last pre-pandemic show headlined by a welterweight clash between Liverpool’s Darren Till and fan favorite Jorge Masvidal.

They were due to return to London in March 2020 but pulled the plug six days before fight night due to the pandemic.

Birmingham pride Leon Edwards was due to headline this card against former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

The pandemic hasn’t stopped UK-based fighters from competing in 2020 and 2021, with the UFC going to great lengths to keep its beefy roster active.

The promotion kept their international fighters busy with four stints on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, which has been promotionally dubbed Fight Island.

They’ve also held plenty of events at their Apex location in Las Vegas, though it looks like they’re slowly but surely getting back on the road.

The UFC's latest trip to London will mark its 12th event in the English capital

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The UFC’s latest trip to London will mark its 12th event in the English capitalCredit: PA

A main event for March 19 has yet to be finalized, although a showdown between Till and Uriah Hall has been discussed.

A clash between Arnold Allen and New Zealander Dan Hooker has also been mooted, with SunSport understanding preliminary talks have taken place.

Tickets for the event will go on sale February 2.

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