UFC 'in talks to hold blockbuster London event' for first time since 2019 after Covid saw Woodley vs Edwards cancelled

UFC 'in talks to hold blockbuster London event' for first time since 2019 after Covid saw Woodley vs Edwards cancelled

May 12, 2021

THE UFC are exploring the possibility of returning to London in August, it's been claimed.

Mixed martial arts' premier promotion hasn't held a card in the English capital in over two years.


But according to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, the MMA leader has held preliminary talks about returning to The Big Smoke before the end of the summer.

He tweeted: 'UFC is exploring the possibility of holding an event in London, England in August, sources say.

"Not finalized. Obviously lots at play, but it has definitely been discussed and is under consideration."

The lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England could pave the way for an event to be held at London's O2 Arena.

From May 17, indoor sports events will be capped at 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 spectators – whichever is lower.

The UFC hasn't held an event in London since March 2019, with their last card being headlined by a welterweight showdown between Brit Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal.

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An event was scheduled for March 2020 but ended up being cancelled six days before fight night due to the pandemic.

That card was due to be headlined between Birmingham bruiser Leon Edwards and former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.

The UFC kept their international fighters active last year with three prolonged stints on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, which was promotionally dubbed Fight Island.

But the promotion's president, Dana White, is relishing the return of international fight cards.

When asked if he had any plans to return to the UK, he told BT Sport: "I hope so, I hope so.

"Like I said, a year ago, I could've answered all of your questions. These days, who the hell knows?

White does, however, expect a raucous crowd for the promotion's first event back in the UK.

He said: "I can't wait to start travelling internationally and doing international fights again in these different countries.

"I mean, imagine our first fight back in England. It's gonna be incredible."

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