UFC London is finally upon us, and CSUK is more excited than ever to bring you coverage. The O2 Arena will be sold out in anticipation of Tom Aspinall and Paddy the Baddy competing later. UFC London live results will be updated here on Combat Sports UK as the fights end, and I’m more than happy to bring them to you.
Breaking it Down
The main event will feature Tom Aspinall of Team Kaobon taking on Russian Heavyweight stand-out, Alexander Volkov. The odds have been all over in this one, but Aspinall closes as the favorite in a narrow margin. Aspinall can make a statement with a victory, but a defeat would send him back to the drawing board.
Arnold Allen and Dan Hooker walk for the co-main event, and neither man is ready to accept defeat. Arnold and Dan could steal the show, and I personally expect them to. Both men love to keep it standing and never back down, this will be a treat.
Prior to ‘Almighty’ representing in the co-main event, we will finally see Paddy the Baddy make the long-awaited walk. Paddy Pimblett will finally come down the aisle in front of a sold-out UFC crowd over the pond. This may be worth the price of attendance without even touching on the fight. So, if Paddy takes care of business, we may just see UFC Liverpool.
Elsewhere, ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann and Luana Carolina will wage war in a bout that sees the first woman on a UK main card. Jack Shore attempts to continue his undefeated run and move to 16-0, but it’s 29-0 if we count the amateur circuit. Gunnar Nelson makes the return to take on renowned finisher Takashi Sato, but the opener is extra intriguing. Jai ‘The Black Country Banger’ Herbert looks to give the crowd a shock and deliver as an over +400 betting underdog. He takes on Georgian star Ilia Topuria.
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UFC London Main Card Results
- Main Event: Tom Aspinall vs Alexander Volkov (Heavyweight):
- Tom Aspinall Defeats Alexander Volkov via Submission at 3:45 in the First Round.
- Amazing composure by Tom Aspinall. Tom came out and took the centre of the octagon immediately. Showing that middleweight-like footwork and lightning quick hand speed, Aspinall put together slick combinations before taking the fight to the ground. After an initial Americana submission attempt, Tom was patient and didn’t search for the submission too hard. Volkov eventually managed to get to his feet, but after a slick slip of a Volkov left hand, Aspinall timed a perfect take down to get “Drago” to the floor. Tom took side control and finished with a perfect straight armlock. Aspinall calls out Tai Tuivasa which is set to be an absolute dream matchup, and some may say a favourable matchup to catapult Tom into title contention.
- Co-Main Event: Arnold Allen vs Dan Hooker (Featherweight):
- Arnold Allen Defeats Dan Hooker by TKO at 2:27 in the First Round.
- Chaos. That’s the only word I can use to describe this fight. Both fighters came out calculated and went through the feeling out process. It was only after Allen clipped Hooker with a shot that made both fighters really come alive. Hooker returned fire with his own shot however which stunned Allen and from there on absolute violence ensued. The fight ended with Hooker covered against the fence up on his feet with Allen unloading on him. It was a great stoppage by the ref to call the fight, but I’m sure we can all thank both parties for entertaining us with that absolute barn burner.
- Co-Co Main: Paddy Pimblett vs Rodrigo ‘Kazula’ Vargas (Lightweight):
- Paddy Pimblett Defeats Rodrigo Vargas by Submission at 1:11 in the First Round.
- The start of the fight saw Vargas clip Paddy with a right hand and subsequently take him down to the ground. Vargas sat in Pimblett’s butterfly guard for a minute or two, where Paddy eventually made his way to the fence an back to his feet. After a short exchange of clinching, Paddy hit a “J” throw, or a beautiful hip toss to the regular spectator. Once Paddy was on top, he methodically made his way to the back of Vargas, locking in a body triangle on the way. It was only a matter of time until “The Baddy” secured his second first round finish of his UFC career by the way of Rear Naked Choke.
- Main Card: Gunnar Nelson vs Takashi Sato (Welterweight):
- Gunnar Nelson Defeats Takashi Sato via Unanimous Decision (30-26×3)
- The fight showed a dominant grappling performance by Gunnar, with most of the fight spent on the back of Sato with a locked in body triangle. Once the fight hit the ground, Gunnar displayed dominance. A mixture of strikes from the back and submission attempts wrote the script of the fight, and with a deserved 10-8 round thrown in, Nelson cruised to a unanimous victory.
- Main Card: ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann vs Luana Carolina (Flyweight):
- Molly McCann Defeats Luana Carolina via KO at 3:09 in the Third Round.
- Wow!!! What a performance from Meatball Molly McCann. First round Molly came out and dominated, stunning Luana on a couple of occasions and getting on the inside. Second round saw Meatball take the fight to the ground, with the majority of that seeing Meatball in side control. The third round saw Carolina come out confident and smiling. Back and forth exchanges ensued, but ultimately Molly landed a perfect spinning elbow finish, rendering Luana unconcious.
- Opener: Jai ‘The Black Country Banger’ Herbert vs Ilia Topuria (Lightweight):
- Ilia Topuria Defeats Jai Herbert via KO at 3:53 in the Second Round.
- Jai Herbert started off the fight very well, dropping Topuria in the first round with a left high kick and following him to the ground. Topuria regained top control and managed to control Jai for a minute or two, but Herbert got back to his feet and continued to use his length to pick Topuria apart. Round 2 starts with The Black Country Banger using great footwork and selective shots to score points and land on Ilia. Topuria closed the distance and KO’s Herbert cold with a left body hook to a right hook to the jaw.
UFC London Prelim Results
- Preliminary Headliner: Mike Grundy vs Makwhan ‘Mr. Finland’ Amirkhani (Featherweight):
- Makwhan Amirkhani Defeats Mike Grundy via Submission at 4:03 in the First Round.
- Grundy closed the distance instantly at the start of the fight, shooting for a single leg and driving Amirkhani to the fence. Makwhan wrapped up the neck of Grundy, and despite shifting over to the correct side to prevent the choke, the fence prevented him from fully avoiding the choke and the slick transitions of Mr Finland ultimately ended the fight with an Anoconda choke.
- Heavyweight Feature: Shamil Aburakhimov vs Sergei Pavlovich:
- Sergei Pavlovich Defeats Shamil Aburakimov via TKO at 0:57 in the First Round.
- Both fighters started off tentatively, with Pavlovich seeming to land the cleaner shots out of the two. Shamil attempted to clinch on a couple of occasions, but Sergei did a good job of keeping him away. Pavlovich landed a clean right uppercut to the chin of Aburakimov which dropped him and he followed up with heavy ground and pound to force the stoppage.
- Ranked Light Heavyweight Clash: Paul Craig vs Nikita Krylov:
- Paul Craig Defeats Nikita Krylov via Submission at 1:03 in the First Round.
- An amazing display of heart by Paul Craig. Nikita Krylov beat down Paul Craig for 4 minutes of the first round. Craig ate some heavy shots, whilst throwing up triangle attempts and searching for a submission off his back. The Bearjew slipped one of Krylov’s shots and wrapped his legs around the head and arm of Krylov to secure one of his infamous triange chokes.
- Bantamweight Thriller: Jack Shore vs Timur Valiev:
- Jack Shore Defeats Timur Valiev by Unanimous Decision (29-29×2, 29-27)
- A great back and forth fight between Shore and Valiev. The crowd roared for Jack Shore, and it was the mixture of pressure, dropping Valiev twice in the third and crisp striking that secured him the win.
- Prelim: Cory McKenna vs Elise Reed (Strawweight):
- Elise Reed defeats Cory McKenna by split decision (30-27 McKenna 29-28 Reed, 29-28 Reed)
- A very close fight. McKenna and Reed threw down for the majority of the card, with Reed’s striking seeming to find the target more often than McKenna’s. McKenna threw a lot of volume and mixed in the takedowns, but it was ultimately the striking of Reed which made her victorious.
- Prelim Opener: Mohammad Mokaev vs Cody Durden (Flyweight):
- Muhammad Mokaev defeats Cody Durden at 4:02 via Submission in the First Round.
- Mokaev lands a flying knee which drops Durden. As Durden gets back to his feet, Mokaev snatches the neck and finishes a high elbow guillotine on the ground.