A main event is locked in for July’s UFC London card, and Tom Aspinall will once again top the show.
Aspinall (12-2), who headlined the UFC’s return to London this past March, closes the show on July 23 against Curtis Blaydes (16-3, 1NC). Both fighters had teased a big match-up coming up, with The MMA Hour first to report the promotion’s plan to make the fight official.
Cageside Press confirmed the match-up with a source familiar with the situation on Saturday.
England’s Aspinall is undefeated since joining the UFC in 2020, posting a 5-0 record since that point. That’s landed him at the #6 spot in the heavyweight division; along the way, he’s picked up wins over ex-champ Andrei Arlovski, Russian contender Alexander Volkov, and others.
All five of Aspinall’s UFC wins have come inside the distance, a mixture of submissions and knockouts.
At #4 in the weight class, “Razor” Blaydes has been flirting with the title picture for some time now. He’s won two straight, against Chris Daukaus and Jair Rozenstruik. Blaydes’ only loss since 2018 came at the hands of Derrick Lewis last year.
The second trip to London, England for the UFC in 2022 takes place on July 23, at the O2 Arena. The following bouts have been reported for the event thus far.
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall
- Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Nikita Krylov
- Darren Till vs. Jack Hermansson