The UFC returned to the O2 Arena on Saturday for its second UFC London card of 2022, and heavyweight Tom Aspinall was once again in the main event.
The British star was looking at the toughest test of his career to date in the form of Curtis Blaydes, whose smothering wrestling was a problem for just about anyone in the division. Were Aspinall to get past Blaydes, he’d more than likely be paired up with the winner of September’s UFC Paris main event between Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa.
Of course, Aspinall and Blaydes had a tough act to follow. In March, the UFC’s first U.K. show since the coronavirus pandemic had set in was a rousing success, with many calling the event one of, if not the greatest UFC Fight Night card of all time. Many of the same players were back on this late-July Saturday, however, with Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann, teammates from Liverpool, once again looking to steal the show.
Pimblett had already been the star of the post-fight build-up, engaging in trash talk with opponent Jordan Leavitt, and sending a particularly cheeky message to doubters at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Following the event, tune in for the UFC London post-fight press conference. A live stream can be found above.