OFFICIAL | UFC London Set For March 19. At The O2 Arena

UFC LondonThe Octagon is officially set to land in London, England on March 19. for the first time in three years – with the UFC officially confirming they are booked to host a UFC London, Fight Night billed card at The O2 Arena.  Per a press release from the promotion, the event is scheduled to take […]

UFC London

The Octagon is officially set to land in London, England on March 19. for the first time in three years – with the UFC officially confirming they are booked to host a UFC London, Fight Night billed card at The O2 Arena. 

Per a press release from the promotion, the event is scheduled to take place on March 19. – from The O2 Arena in London, England, with tickets set to go on general sale on Friday February 4. at 10 am GMT, available on AXS and Ticketmaster.

The March 19. UFC London card will mark the promotion’s first outing in the capital in three years

“The wait is over! UFC has today announced its eagerly anticipated return to London for Saturday, MAR 19, at The O2, marking the promotion’s 12th live event in the English capital.”

“Fight Club and The O2 priority members can purchase tickets (for UFC London) from Wednesday, FEB 2 at 9 am and 10 am GMT, respectively. Whilst newsletter subscribers and those who register their interest can gain early access to tickets from Thursday, FEB 3 at 10 am GMT. Tickets will go on general sale at 10 am GMT on Friday, FEB 4, via AXS and Ticketmaster.”

The March event will mark the promotion’s first outing in the capital since March 2019 – where they fielded a 13 fight card, which culminated with a massive welterweight bout between former title challengers, Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal.

The organization were then expected to host another UFC Fight Night London event in March of the following year, with another welterweight bout between former undisputed champion, Tyron Woodley, and the #3 ranked contender, Leon Edwards booked to headline. However, in the days before the showcase, the entire card and event were cancelled amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Whilst an official headliner for the event has yet to be booked by the organization, the likes of homegrown talents such as, Tom Aspinall, Molly McCann, Jack Shore, Muhammad Mokaev, and Jake Hadley have already secured themselves fights on home soil.

Other expected features to land on the card include aforenoted past-headliner, Till, who has been linked with a bout against Uriah Hall, whilst fellow Liverpudlian, Paddy Pimblett has himself been tied to a bout with Jared Gordon.

Streaking featherweight contender, Arnold Allen has also been targeted to stand across division returner, Dan Hooker, after an extended period at lightweight for the Kiwi.

Dustin Poirier Open To Lightweight Stay, Prefers Welterweight Clash Against Nate Diaz

Dustin PoirierFormer interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has once more maintained that he would be interested in a prolonged continued stay at 155lbs, however, the prospect of fighting rival, Nate Diaz in a welterweight division move first, is something that still piques his interest. Poirier, who most recently headlined UFC 269 back in December, suffered […]

Dustin Poirier

Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has once more maintained that he would be interested in a prolonged continued stay at 155lbs, however, the prospect of fighting rival, Nate Diaz in a welterweight division move first, is something that still piques his interest.

Poirier, who most recently headlined UFC 269 back in December, suffered an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke loss to defending undisputed lightweight gold holder, Charles Oliveira – snapping his three-fight winning run at 155lbs. 

However, in the time since his submission defeat, Poirier has suggested a welterweight matchup against Diaz, following a failed attempted bout with the Stockton fan-favorite back in November 2018.

Initially, the promotion had attempted to pair the two as soon as this weekend for UFC 270, as well as UFC 271 on February 12. – however, the organization eventually then abandoned plans to pit the two together.

Dustin Poirier’s most recent victory came courtesy of a July doctor’s stoppage TKO win over Conor McGregor

Reports emerged then detailing how while the promotion has an interest in booking Poirier vs. Diaz, they would require the latter, who has just one fight left on his promotional contract, to ink terms on another deal, with the view to booking him in a trilogy rubber match with former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor

Speaking during a recent Ask Me Anything session with UFC broadcaster, Megan Olivi, Poirier admitted that a welterweight move is interesting to him, however, he is still yet to decide on his lightweight future. 

“I’ve done in before, you know,” Dustin Poirier said. “I’ve moved up before in the midst of the unknown and the uncertain… I don’t know, we’ll see. I can still make 55… I can still make the cut, do I want to make it (the lightweight limit) five more times to get another title shot? I don’t know where I’m at with that. It’s still kind of murky and undecided, but there are fun fights for me at 170.”

Poirier then touched on the subject of a fight against Diaz in the future, and claimed if he could figure out terms with the organization, a potential fight would grab fan interest.

“If Nate Diaz does get a deal done with the UFC, that’s a fight we’ve been supposed to do,” Dustin Poirier said. “I think the fans would be in for a treat, that’s something I want to do where I’m at.”

Dana White Explains The Difference Between GSP & Henry Cejudo

Dana WhiteUFC President Dana White sat down with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports to discuss all things UFC. One of the main topics of conversation for the pair was Henry Cejudo, following the recent announcement that Max Holloway dropped out of his trilogy bout with Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, ‘Triple C’ has been active on social […]

Dana White

UFC President Dana White sat down with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports to discuss all things UFC.

One of the main topics of conversation for the pair was Henry Cejudo, following the recent announcement that Max Holloway dropped out of his trilogy bout with Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, ‘Triple C’ has been active on social media asking for that fight, something that Dana simply isn’t interested in for multiple reasons.

“First of all, Cejudo isn’t even in the USADA pool, there’s so many things that people don’t understand that it takes for this to happen,” White said. “George St Pierre was still in USADA you know what I mean, He would have to get into USADA again, and then there’s a period of time when he would have to be tested. You couldn’t just take a short notice fight in a different weight division, there’s so much more to it than that.”

Dana White Feels Henry Cejudo Doesn’t Really Want To Fight

Dana White Would go onto to reiterate this point later during the interview reminding viewers that if Cejudo really wanted to step back in and compete he knows what phone calls to make and that calling out division champions on social media isn’t the way to get a fight, especially when you’re retired.

“The thing is with Cejudo is hes retired,” White said. “There’s a way to go about it, if you really want to fight, that’s what you really want to do like you want the Volkanovski fight, you could go online start talking to Volkanovski calling him names and all this stuff, but what you really have to do is pick up the phone and call and say hey what’s the procedure I need to follow to get back into a fight. I want to unretire and when can I get back into the USADA pool how fast and what do I need to do, that’s how you get a fight.”

“If you really want to fight, get down here and make some calls”

“You’re asking me about a retired fighter that isn’t anywhere near coming back to take on Alexander Volkanovski who’s in a different weight class, on a short notice fight. Why are we talking about this? How does this make sense? If you want this fight, get on the phone with the matchmakers and get the ball rolling.”

It appears White has no interest unless Cejudo starts to follow the right steps to get back into the UFC, if hes serious about completing his quest for ‘Quadruple C’ status.

Do you think Dana White should book Alexander Volkanovski vs. Henry Cejudo?

Dana White Says Brock Lesnar Was Tested By USADA Before Mark Hunt Fight

Dana WhiteDana White has revealed that Brock Lesnar was tested for performance-enhancing drugs on multiple occasions leading up to his matchup with Mark Hunt. UFC 200 saw the return of Lesnar to MMA after being away from the sport for just shy of five years. The former heavyweight champion would take on Hunt in his return […]

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Dana White has revealed that Brock Lesnar was tested for performance-enhancing drugs on multiple occasions leading up to his matchup with Mark Hunt.

UFC 200 saw the return of Lesnar to MMA after being away from the sport for just shy of five years. The former heavyweight champion would take on Hunt in his return bout and initially got the best of ‘The Super Samoan’ beating him via unanimous decision.

However, following on from the bout it was revealed the result would be changed to a no-contest due to the fact Lesnar had tested both pre-fight and post-fight for the banned substance clomiphene. People were lead to believe that this was due to Lesnar not being under regular USADA testing which allowed him a ‘free pass’ on his return which enabled him to use such banned substances.

The UFC president has now claimed that Lesnar was regularly tested in the build-up to this matchup, in a recent interview with Yahoo Sports.

“USADA was testing him, he was tested leading into that fight,” White said. “He tested negative four times before he got into that fight”

Following on from this Lesnar wouldn’t compete in the UFC again.

Dana White And USADA’s Need To Tighten Testing Regulations

What seemed to cause an issue back in 2016 appears to still be giving the UFC problems now, and although the company uses USADA for testing their athletes more needs to be done by both parties to ensure fighters are competing clean.

Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling gave his thoughts on USADA and the need to implement stronger punishments for those fighters who do get caught testing positive.

“It bothers me, man, it sure does bother me because you should do jail time for doing steroids or EPO or any type of sh*t like that in the UFC, in combat sports, in general. You can literally rearrange someone’s career, their livelihood doing contact sports, man.”

Until testing improves there will unfortunately always be athletes within the sport who try to gain a competitive edge through cheating. What more should USADA do to clamp down even further on these athletes?

Is USADA doing enough to prevent the use of PED’s within the sport?

REPORT | PFL Is The Frontrunner To Sign Kayla Harrison

Kayla HarrisonTwo-time women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison is more than likely to re-sign with the PFL at this point, according to a report by MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. Harrison has made the rounds during her free agency period over the past year, meeting with executives in the UFC and Bellator during this time. But, it appears […]

Kayla Harrison

Two-time women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison is more than likely to re-sign with the PFL at this point, according to a report by MMA journalist Ariel Helwani.

Harrison has made the rounds during her free agency period over the past year, meeting with executives in the UFC and Bellator during this time. But, it appears that Harrison may stay loyal to the league that gave her first big opportunity in MMA.

Helwani reported the latest on Harrison’s free agency during a post on his Substack.

This piece of news could be disappointing to some MMA fans who hoped to see Harrison match up with some of the elite female fighters in the world, including her now-former teammate Amanda Nunes. She also recently attended a Bellator event and watched featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino put on a dominant performance against Sinead Kavanagh.

Kayla Harrison Is Reportedly Likely To Re-Sign With The PFL

The UFC and Bellator have made strong pushes to sign Harrison, but it sounds like the PFL may have the strongest offer on the table. The league sounded optimistic shortly after the 2021 PFL Championship that they could re-sign Harrison to a new contract.

If Harrison ends up re-signing with the league, she’ll re-join a women’s lightweight division that’s added talent. Shortly before the PFL Championships, the league signed former Bellator champion Julia Budd and she made her debut on the championship card.

Harrison remains undefeated in her MMA career after a decorated tenure in Judo. She wrapped up another dominant season with the league by finishing Taylor Guardado for the championship belt, her second-straight with the league.

Nothing has been confirmed or officially announced yet regarding Harrison’s free agency. We’ll bring you the latest here at LowKickMMA when news breaks of her decision.

What do you make of the latest Kayla Harrison rumors?

Dana White Says Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon Is Targeted For UFC London On March 19.

Paddy PimblettUFC president, Dana White has claimed that the organization are targeting a lightweight fight between recent promotional newcomer, Paddy Pimblett, and Jared Gordon for a planned UFC Fight Night London card on March 19. at the O2 Arena in London, England. Paddy Pimblett made a spectacular UFC debut back in September, scoring a first round […]

Paddy Pimblett

UFC president, Dana White has claimed that the organization are targeting a lightweight fight between recent promotional newcomer, Paddy Pimblett, and Jared Gordon for a planned UFC Fight Night London card on March 19. at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Paddy Pimblett made a spectacular UFC debut back in September, scoring a first round knockout win

Recent making his long-awaited UFC bow, Huyton native, Pimblett opened the main card of UFC Vegas 36 back in September, stopping Brazilian striker, Luigi Vendramini with a rallying first round knockout late into the frame.

For Gordon, the New York native is currently in the midst of a three-fight winning run, most recently nabbing a close split decision win over Joe Solecki at UFC Vegas 38 in October. UFC president, White confirmed that the promotion are targeting a pairing between Pimblett and Gordon for UFC Fight Night London on March 19. – during a recent interview with Barstool Sports.

However, despite White’s claims, it must be noted that Pimblett’s manager, Cage Warriors leader, Graham Boyland denied that that pairing against Gordon had been booked, replying, “We haven’t agreed this and (are) still discussing opponents.” 

Furthermore, Gordon’s manager, Brian Butler-Au also confirmed that his client had not officially agreed to fight Pimblett on March 19. – tweeting, “We have heard nothing on our end. @JFlashGordonMMA.”

For Paddy Pimblett, a London outing against Gordon appears to come as news to him as well, claiming that Barstool Sports leader, Dave Portnoy had received information regarding his second UFC outing before he himself had.

“My man @stoolpresidente (Dave Portnoy) getting exclusives out of the big man himself @danawhite getting info I didn’t even know yet, Dave u the man (laughing face emoji),” Paddy Pimblett tweeted.

Next Generation MMA trainee, Pimblett is also a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, and recently denied suggestions and multiple claims that he was booked to fight one-time UFC lightweight title challenger, Donald Cerrone at UFC 272 on March 5. 

In the same breath as knocking back reports that he was slated to fight future Hall of Fame inductee, Cerrone, Pimblett did note his interest in drawing Gordon – citing the Queens native’s unanimous decision victory over his former teammate, Chris Fishgold – setting up somewhat of a grudge match between the two.