A lightweight bout between Ilya Topuria and Jai Herbert has reportedly been added to the UFC’s return to London on March 19.
In one of many bouts involving British fighters, Herbert (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will have a great opportunity in front of a home crowd when he takes on Topuria (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at 155 pounds. inside the O2 Arena. The fight was first reported by Gonzalo Campos of Eurosport.
Topuria initially climbed the featherweight ladder with three impressive victories in the biggest MMA scene. After a unanimous decision win over Youssef Zalal and a knockout of Damon Jackson, the Georgian established himself as one of the promotion’s most promising fighters with a memorable knockout of veteran grappler Ryan Hall at UFC 264 last July.
Stepping a few inches off the featherweight rankings, El Matador should have had a chance to break into the top 15 last month against Movsar Evloev, the current 13th-place contender. After the Russians left, Charles Jordain intervened, but Topuria was forced out a few days later. He hopes to return to normal activities in the coming months, starting with a win on his lightweight debut in the English capital.
On the way for the 25-year-old to impress at 155 pounds will be Herbert, a former lightweight champion in the acclaimed Cage Warriors promotion. While the Wolverhampton native was defeated in his first two UFC fights, he faced serious challenges from Renato Moicano and veteran Francisco Trinaldo.
Having first entered the UFC winning column last October, a triumph that came in the form of a first-round TKO victory over Hama Worthy, Herbert looks to continue his momentum by adding a first spot to Topuria’s track record ahead. home crowd.
Initially, it looked like Herbert was due to face Mike Davis on the March 19 card. However, due to the 29-year-old’s reluctance to fight overseas, the Black Country Bunger had to look for a new enemy, which came in the form of an undefeated newcomer to the division.
With Herbert’s place in the card set, he will join the likes of Brits like Tom Aspinall, Arnold Allen, Paddy Pimblett, Paul Craig and Molly McCann in London, as well as established international fighters like Dan Hooker, Gunnar Nelson and Nikita Krylov.
The following are the fights expected to take place on March 19 in London, England:
Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall (Heavyweight main event)
Dan Hooker vs. Arnold Allen (Featherweight)
Paul Craig vs. Nikita Krylov (light heavyweight)
Shamil Abdurahimov vs. Sergei Pavlovich (heavyweight)
Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev (Bantamweight)
Paddy Pimblett vs. Casula Vargas (lightweight)
Gunnar Nelson vs. Claudio Silva (Welterweight)
Nathaniel Wood vs. Ludvik Sholinyan (Bantamweight)
Ilya Topuria vs. Jai Herbert (lightweight)
PoppyVan Amirkhani vs. Mike Grundy (Featherweight)
Molly McCann vs. Luana Carolina (Women’s Flyweight)
Cody Durden vs Muhammad Mokaev (flyweight)
Corey McKenna vs. Eliza Reid (Women’s Minimumweight)
Who do you think will raise his hand at the UFC in London, Ilya Topuria or Jai Herbert?