UFC London Latest Updates 2022: Mixed Martial Arts-Scooters make headlines when UFC returns to London
UFC London Latest Updates 2022: The UFC returned to London on Saturday, but two Liverpool fighters stole the show as Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann scored a stunning victory to electrify crowds at the O2 Arena in the capital for the first time in three years.
McCann advanced from the starting bell against Luana Carolina of Brazil to end the fight in spectacular fashion in the third round with a spinning elbow that knocked her opponent out of the cold.
Not wanting to advance, his close friend Pimblett hit an early punch to dominate Mexico’s Cazuela Vargas, patted his opponent, and sank into a rear-neck choke submission to send the raucous crowd into a frenzy.
Still, in his fight kit, McCann jumped back into the cage to celebrate with Pimblett, the pair climbing over the fence to take in the applause and cheers of the crowd.
The 27-year-old charismatic said in his post-fight interview, “I’m never, ever, ever in a boring fight I’ve had to punch in the face to wake me up.” Gauntlet for UFC.
“See this arena? Too small, too small, get me the stadium. Bring us to Anfield and we’ll fill it up,” said Liverpool fan Pimblett, and seeing the reaction, many of the London attendees would travel to Merseyside. (UFC London)
After not staging an event in London since March 16, 2019, Saturday’s card was a triumphant return for the UFC, which abruptly canceled a planned event in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread around the world.
British fighters excelled on Saturday, with Welshman Jack Shore securing a decision win and Scott Paul Craig making another comeback via a triangle choke against Nikita Krylov.
Ipswich-born Arnold Allen came out swinging at New Zealander Dan Hooker in the co-main event, ending it with a TKO victory in the first round. (UFC London)
Several Russian athletes were excluded from competition following their country’s invasion of Ukraine, with Alexander Volkov booed as he took on Tom Aspinall in the heavyweight main event.
Their evening went from bad to worse as Espinol quickly opened a cut to his head and then put a straight-arm lock on the Russian to end the fight on the 3:45 mark in the first round.
The UFC is likely to return to the UK as soon as possible, given the performance of the bratty Britons.