Jake Hadley vs. Malcolm Gordon Booked for UFC 286

Malcolm Gordon, UFC Vegas 31
Malcolm Gordon, UFC Vegas 31 post-fight Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

A flyweight fight with a bit of Commonwealth flavour has been booked for UFC 286 in London.

England’s Jake Hadley will face Canadian Malcolm Gordon (14-6) at UFC 286 in London, England on March 18, 2023. The match-up was announced by Gordon previously, and confirmed Hadley’s management team, Paradigm Sports, on Friday.

The fight finds Gordon, 32, looking to bounce back from a loss to Muhammad Mokaev in October at UFC 280, where he was submitted via arm-bar. Prior to that setback, Gordon had picked up back-to-back wins over Denys Bondar and Francisco Figueiredo.

Having acquired multiple titles on the regional circuit, Gordon joined the UFC in 2020, and has posted a 2-3 record across five fights thus far.

Hadley fought his way into the UFC as part of Dana White’s Contender Series, and made his promotional debut last year. Dropping that to the vastly more experienced Allan Nascimento, Hadley righted the ship with a submission win against Carlos Candelario in his last outing.

UFC 286 will take place at the O2 Arena in London on March 18, 2023, with Leon Edwards expected to headline, though a fight for the welterweight champ has yet to be officially announced. Thus far, the following match-ups are attached to the card:

  • Marvin Vettori vs. Roman Dolidze
  • Joanne Wood vs. Luana Carolina
  • Malcolm Gordon vs. Jake Hadley
  • Jennifer Maia vs. Casey O’Neill