Aspinall vs Volkov Headlines UFC London On March 19

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced that it will make its long-awaited return to the London, England on Sat., March 19, 2022, for a “Fight Night” event to go down from in…


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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced that it will make its long-awaited return to the London, England on Sat., March 19, 2022, for a “Fight Night” event to go down from inside O2 Arena.

And now the ESPN+-streamed fight card has a headliner, as UFC president Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that a Heavyweight slugfest between England’s own Tom Aspinall and Alexander Volkov will be leading the way.

Aspinall is currently riding a seven-fight win streak which includes winning his first four fights inside the Octagon via stoppage, three in the very first round. The hard-hitting Brit is currently ranked No. 10 on the official UFC rankings and a win over an established veteran like Volkov will surely raise his stock. He was last seen knocking out Sergey Spivack in Sept. 2021.

Volkov is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Marcin Tybura, which got him back on track after losing to current interim Heavyweight champion, Ciryl Gane, in mid-2021. The No. 4 ranked big man on UFC’s roster has won three of his last four, which includes a couple of big wins over Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris.

White recently stated that a Lightweight bout between Paddy Pimblett and Jared Gordon would alos likely take place on the card, but managers to both fighters refuted the claims. That said, it still could very well happen and it would make a nice co-headlining act to the big man matchup.

Keep it tuned to MMA Mania as more fights are announced for UFC London.

Face Off! Ngannou Stares Down Gane In Anaheim!

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Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane came face-to-face on Thursday at the conclusion of the UFC 270 pre-fight press conference (watch it here), held in advance of their Heavyweight title unificat…


UFC 270 Press Conference
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Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane came face-to-face on Thursday at the conclusion of the UFC 270 pre-fight press conference (watch it here), held in advance of their Heavyweight title unification fight this weekend (Sat., Jan. 22, 2022) inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Check out their staredown in the video above.

Here are the rest of UFC 270’s pay-per-view (PPV) main card face offs, including the co-headlining championship trilogy fight between division king, Brandon Moreno, and former titleholder Deiveson Figueiredo.


Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 270 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane Face-Off At UFC 270 Presser

Francis Ngannou, Ciryl GaneUFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and interim champ Ciryl Gane shared quite the face-off ahead of their matchup at UFC 270. Ngannou and Gane will fight in one of the most consequential heavyweight bouts in UFC history at UFC 270. The two former training partners will unify the heavyweight title as Ngannou makes his first […]

Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and interim champ Ciryl Gane shared quite the face-off ahead of their matchup at UFC 270.

Ngannou and Gane will fight in one of the most consequential heavyweight bouts in UFC history at UFC 270. The two former training partners will unify the heavyweight title as Ngannou makes his first title defense.

The two fighters also have some of the most elite striking in the UFC, with the matchup featuring a prototypical power vs. technical standup.

While there isn’t bad blood between the two fighters themselves, coaches have gotten involved in the mix mostly due to Ngannou’s tense relationship with former coach Fernand Lopez. The two have gone back and forth in a series of interviews and press obligations.

Fans filled the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA for the UFC 270 pre-fight press conference to get an early glimpse of the two gigantic heavyweights.

Watch Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane Face Off At The UFC 270 Press Conference

Ngannou earned the heavyweight title by getting revenge against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 last year. After it was expected that he would face Jon Jones next, he and the UFC couldn’t come to terms and the promotion ended up holding an interim title fight.

Gane would get his chance after impressive wins over Alexander Volkov, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Junior dos Santos. He would go on to demolish Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 for the interim belt.

The winner will more than likely face Jones next and etch their name into the UFC history books. Chances are the fight won’t go the full five-round distance, as both fighters have finished most of their wins.

Ngannou and Gane appear ready for the challenge this weekend as UFC 270 is just days away.

What were your thoughts on the UFC 270 pre-fight press conference?

Barcelos vows to come back stronger at UFC 270, calls out Sean O’Malley

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Bantamweight Raoni Barcelos is scheduled to take on Victor Henry at UFC 270. Bantamweight Raoni Barcelos suffered his first UFC defeat…


Raoni Barcelos lost his last fight to Timur Valiev.
Raoni Barcelos lost his last fight to Timur Valiev. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Bantamweight Raoni Barcelos is scheduled to take on Victor Henry at UFC 270.

Bantamweight Raoni Barcelos suffered his first UFC defeat in his last outing, but he will not allow the feeling to get him down. Now paired up against newcomer Victor Henry, the Brazilian wants to show fans how much he has evolved and that he is ready to get back into contention.

In an interview with Ag Fight, Barcelos explained how he was able to learn from his mistakes in his loss to Russian prospect Timur Valiev. However, Raoni does not regret fighting the way he did, even if it led to a loss, as he feels his performance showed he was an eye-opening experience.

“After a loss you go home, you cool your head and you fix the mistakes,” Barcelos said. “That’s what I did. I think I got some things right and I’m coming back much stronger for my next one. The Valiev fight was a dog fight. The decision could have gone my way, but it went his. I was close to finishing that fight in the second round. But that had to happen, so I could make some changes and come back fully motivated.

“That fight showed I can surprise myself even more,” Raoni said. “I can always make an extra effort. I don’t have to be so uptight all the time, I can let loose. I felt like I froze a little in the third round. I could have done more. That shows how tough my opponent was. Watching the fight again was hard, to catch those mistakes and not make them again. That loss motivated me a lot. I have a different mindset now and I’m more mature.”

Barcelos hopes to put on an impressive performance on Saturday against Henry. Should his wish come true, the Brazilian even knows who he wants to fight next and where: rising prospect Sean O’Malley, in Rio de Janeiro.

“I was going to mention O’Malley,” he said. “He has potential. It’s great that he’s ranked. Fans in the United States and Brazil have been asking for this. A potential fight between us in Rio de Janeiro. I think it would stop the city. My guys and his fans. I think he has almost three million followers on Instagram. It’s a fight that would sell well. This is my moment. Athletes are all about moment. If the UFC gave me this opportunity, I’d be so happy. It would be a milestone for me.

“It might happen, it might not,” Raoni said. “It depends on the fans, too. If they ask for it, it happens. If they don’t, the UFC moves on. We’ll meet each other someday. He has two arms and two legs, just like me and I really believe in my skills. He’s a very good striker. He’s a knockout artist, but I believe in myself. I believe I can take him down, knock him out or even submit him.”

In his last outing, Barcelos (16-2) dropped a majority decision to Timur Valiev, back in June 2021. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak in the Octagon for Raoni, who defeated Khalid Taha by unanimous decision in his last outing, in November 2020.

Now, Barcelos is expected to take on Henry on the prelims of UFC 270, in Anaheim, California, on January 22. The card is scheduled to be headlined by a title unification bout between the current champion, Francis Ngannou, and interim title-holder Ciryl Gane.

Report: Paddy Pimblett Booked For UFC London Against Kazula Vargas

Paddy Pimblett’s return to the UFC cage is set.

“The Baddy” Pimblett is scheduled to make his second UFC appearance on March 19, facing Kazula Vargas in a lightweight bout. The fight is expected to take place at UFC’s return to the O2 Arena in Lond…

Paddy Pimblett

Paddy Pimblett’s return to the UFC cage is set.

“The Baddy” Pimblett is scheduled to make his second UFC appearance on March 19, facing Kazula Vargas in a lightweight bout. The fight is expected to take place at UFC’s return to the O2 Arena in London England. News of the fight was first reported by MMA Fight Club and later confirmed by multiple sources.

It was previously mentioned by UFC President Dana White that Pimblett would make his return this year against Jared Gordon. However, that matchup was later denied by the management team of both Pimblett and Gordon.

Pimblett Coming Off Strong UFC Debut

Paddy Pimblett
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Pimblett will be attempting to follow up his hectic UFC debut. He won his UFC debut in September 2021, stopping Luigi Vendramini late in the first round of a quick back-and-forth battle.

Pimblett is known for his entertaining fighting style and his charisma as a person. He had a long run in Cage Warriors before his UFC run, resulting in numerous title fights between 2016 to 2018.

Vargas is also coming off his first UFC victory. The former Combate Americas fighter snapped a two-fight skid in April, returning to the cage against Rongzhu for a unanimous decision win.

Pimblett is joining a card that already has a strong lineup of fighters that train out of England. The event is reportedly also expected to include names like Tom Aspinall and Molly McCann, along with the UFC debuts of Muhammad Mokaev and Jake Hadley.

Here’s the updated lineup for UFC’s March 19th show:

Heavyweight Bout: Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall

Lightweight Bout: Paddy Pimblett vs. Kazula Vargas

Featherweight Bout: Mike Grundy vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Bantamweight Bout: Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev

Flyweight Bout: Molly McCann vs. Luana Carolina

Flyweight Bout: Muhammad Mokaev vs. Cody Durden

Strawweight Bout: Elise Reed vs. Cory McKenna

Flyweight Bout: Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento

What do you think about Paddy Pimblett’s matchup at UFC London?

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Report: Paddy Pimblett Booked For UFC London Against Kazula Vargas

Paddy Pimblett’s return to the UFC cage is set.

“The Baddy” Pimblett is scheduled to make his second UFC appearance on March 19, facing Kazula Vargas in a lightweight bout. The fight is expected to take place at UFC’s return to the O2 Arena in Lond…

Paddy Pimblett

Paddy Pimblett’s return to the UFC cage is set.

“The Baddy” Pimblett is scheduled to make his second UFC appearance on March 19, facing Kazula Vargas in a lightweight bout. The fight is expected to take place at UFC’s return to the O2 Arena in London England. News of the fight was first reported by MMA Fight Club and later confirmed by multiple sources.

It was previously mentioned by UFC President Dana White that Pimblett would make his return this year against Jared Gordon. However, that matchup was later denied by the management team of both Pimblett and Gordon.

Pimblett Coming Off Strong UFC Debut

Paddy Pimblett
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Pimblett will be attempting to follow up his hectic UFC debut. He won his UFC debut in September 2021, stopping Luigi Vendramini late in the first round of a quick back-and-forth battle.

Pimblett is known for his entertaining fighting style and his charisma as a person. He had a long run in Cage Warriors before his UFC run, resulting in numerous title fights between 2016 to 2018.

Vargas is also coming off his first UFC victory. The former Combate Americas fighter snapped a two-fight skid in April, returning to the cage against Rongzhu for a unanimous decision win.

Pimblett is joining a card that already has a strong lineup of fighters that train out of England. The event is reportedly also expected to include names like Tom Aspinall and Molly McCann, along with the UFC debuts of Muhammad Mokaev and Jake Hadley.

Here’s the updated lineup for UFC’s March 19th show:

Heavyweight Bout: Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall

Lightweight Bout: Paddy Pimblett vs. Kazula Vargas

Featherweight Bout: Mike Grundy vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Bantamweight Bout: Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev

Flyweight Bout: Molly McCann vs. Luana Carolina

Flyweight Bout: Muhammad Mokaev vs. Cody Durden

Strawweight Bout: Elise Reed vs. Cory McKenna

Flyweight Bout: Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento

What do you think about Paddy Pimblett’s matchup at UFC London?

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