After holding events in the United Arab Emirates, in the United States and in Abu Dhabi, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC returns this Saturday (19) to host an edition in another country. London, England, will host the card, and In the main fight there will be a meeting between Alexander Volkov and Tom EspinolIn a valid fight for the heavyweight category.
In the co-main event, for the featherweight division, Arnold Allen and Dan Hooker will measure their strength and promise a good fight. Also on the main card, the highlight is Paddy Pimblett. Known as the ‘New McGregor’, the Englishman attracted the attention of the UFC for his aggression in doubles and his skill in interviews. This Saturday, Pimblett will face athlete Rodrigo Vargas.
The UFC London card will have only one Brazilian representative. It’s flyweight Luana “Dred” Carolina, who will take action on the main card, where she will face Englishman Molly McCann.
Duel between veterans in the main event
The UFC returns to London this Saturday for its 12th event in the English capital. In the main event, Alexander Volkov, No. 6 of the Heavyweight Division, faces Tom Espinol, No. 11, in a fight that promises to be electrifying.
Alexander Volkov (34-9) rising star will look to finish Aspinol in a spectacular fashion. Winning against Marcin Tybura in October last year, he won 22 of his 34 knockout victories and will be in his sixth main event since joining Ultimate.
Tom Espinall (11-2) still doesn’t know what it’s like to lose in a North American outfit. The Englishman won all four of his matches in the Octagon, winning three of them by knockout in the first round. This Saturday’s fight will be his first main event in the UFC. He hopes to extend his seven-win streak in London and halt the pace of the veteran Volkov.
The ‘New McGregor’ in action on the main card
Viewed with great potential by the UFC for his prowess inside the octagon and for presenting good performances in interviews, whether in statements or inciting opponents, Paddy Pimblett (17-3) has earned his reputation for the organization. Will fight another. After making his Ultimate debut in September last year, beating Brazilian Luigi Vendramini in the first round, the Englishman could gain even more projection within the company in case of another quick win this Saturday.
Paddy Pimblett, by the way, went backstage at UFC London this week when he got into a fight with Ilya Topuria, who also fights against Jay Herbert this Saturday. Two fighters had to be stopped by security so that they would not fight. It is worth mentioning that Pimblett will face athlete Rodrigo Vargas, a Mexican who has a record of two defeats and one win for Ultimate.
Paddy Pimblett, who is viewed with great potential by the UFC, gets into action this Saturday (Photo: Reproduction / UFC)
Luana Dread represents Brazil on the card
Luana “Dred” Carolina (8-2) will be the only Brazilian in action this Saturday. She will face England’s Molly McCann (11-4, 1 NC), who is looking for her second straight home win. Hired after participating in the Contender Series in 2018, Luana has scored three wins in the UFC and is expected to reach the top 15 of the flyweight with a win on today’s card.
O2 Arena in London, England
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Main Card (17:00 GMT)
Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov vs Tom Aspinall
Featherweight: Arnold Allen vs Dan Hooker
Lightweight: Paddy Pimblett vs. Rodrigo Vargas
Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Takashi Sato
Flyweight: Molly McCann vs. Luana Dredd
Lightweight: Jay Herbert vs Ilya Topuria
Preliminary card (14:30, Brasilia time)
Featherweight: Mike Grundy vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Heavyweight: Shamil Abudrakhimov vs. Sergei Pavlovich
Light Heavyweight: Nikita Krylov vs. Paul Craig
Bantamweight: Jack Shor vs Taimur Valliway
Strawweight: Corey McKenna vs. Alice Reid
Flyweight: Muhammad Mokave vs. Cody Durden