The UFC has announced their return to the English capital with UFC Fight Night London on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
UFC Fight Night London will signify a landmark event for the organisation in England, serving as the promotion’s 10th event from the capital city.
UFC Fight Night London set as anniversary show
March 17, 2018 will mark the tenth time the UFC has held an event in London, with their first show dating back to July 2002 when it hosted UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall.
The event from London’s historic Royal Albert Hall featured UFC Hall of Fame inductee Matt Hughes, who successfully defended his welterweight championship against Carlos Newton in the main event.
Since that marquee first show, eight more have followed, with 120,000 fans attending in total, according to the UFC press release.
UFC Senior Vice President, International and Content, David Shaw said: “London is always a landmark event for UFC; the fights, fans and city itself always deliver. To see how the organisation has grown from the first event at The Albert Hall in 2002 is incredible.
“Our dedicated fans have helped us grow the sport in the UK to where it is today and we are delighted to bring our 10th event to London. 2018 will be an exciting year for UFC in EMEA and we will certainly be kicking things off in style in March.”
The UFC’s Feb 27, 2016 event will forever go down as one of the most significant. On that day, now-middleweight champion Michael Bisping survived an incredible onslaught from Anderson “The Spider” Silva in the middle of their five-round affair to mount an incredible defeat of the UFC legend.
Their most recent trip to the capital – which sold out in just 27 minutes – featured the farewell fight for UK MMA veteran and London’s own Brad “One Punch” Pickett as well as Jimi Manuwa’s sensational knockout of The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner, Corey Anderson.