UFC London start time, TV channel, how to live stream and full fight card
The UFC return to London tonight in what should be an exciting night of fighting from the 02 Arena.
The world’s top mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC, will hold a huge event at the popular fight venue for the first time since March 2019, after the covid-19 pandemic saw the 2020 event canceled in the last minute.
With a card packed with British talent such as Jack Shore and Paddy Pimblett, and headlined by Wigan’s top heavyweight prospect, Tom Aspinall, it’s a highly anticipated event for UK fans.
But where can you watch the fights on TV and what time will they air? Here’s everything you need to know about the event, and you can follow live updates here.
What time does UFC London start?
UFC London 2022 takes place at the O2 Arena on Saturday, March 19.
The prelims are set to start at 5 p.m. GMT with the main card following at 8 p.m. GMT.
How can I watch UFC London? Is it on TV?
UFC London will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also showing the fights.
There will also be some early prelims airing on the UFC streaming service, UFC Fightpass.
Who are the British fighters to watch?
In the evening’s main event, Wigan-born heavyweight Tom Aspinall will take on Russian veteran Alexander Volkov after a winning streak propelled him into the spotlight in 2021. Aspinall, who has a record 11-2, has become known for his powerful strikes and well-rounded skills since signing for the UFC, attributes he hopes to put to good use in front of the UK crowd tonight.
Going into the event, Suffolk fighter Arnold Allen will feel enormous confidence as he looks to extend his 10 fight winning streak in the featherweight division. However, Allen, who is 17-1 overall, will need every ounce of combat experience he has as he takes on former lightweight contender Dan Hooker.
Making his first UFC appearance on British soil, Liverpool’s Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett will enter the region with plenty of hype following his first-round knockout of Luigi Vendramini in 2021. The former Cage Warriors champion who has a 17-3 record has already become known as a fan favorite in his short time with the UFC and will expect one of the warmest receptions of the night from the London crowd.
The undefeated Welsh bantamweight has been nothing short of perfect in his time in the UFC octagon so far, boasting an impressive 15-0 record. The 26-year-old who fights at Abertillery will take on talented Dagestani Timur Valiev but he won’t do it alone as an army of Welsh fans are expected to travel to London to support him.
Making her third UFC appearance, the second fighter from Wales on the card is hoping to maintain her two-fight winning streak with the new promotion as she makes her first UK appearance since 2018. Known to be the The first Welsh woman to sign for the UFC, McKenna will face tough American Elise Reed in what is expected to be a very close match.
The full UFC London fight card
Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall
Arnold Allen vs. Dan Hooker
Paddy Pimblett vs. Kazula Vargas
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Sergei Pavlovich
Nikita Krylov vs. Paul Craig
Gunnar Nelson vs. Takashi Sato
Jai Herbert vs. Ilia Topuria
Muhammad Mokaev vs. Cody Durden
Mike Grundy vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Molly McCann vs. Luana Carolina
Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev
Cory McKenna vs. Elise Reed