The UFC is back in London this weekend for the first time in almost a year. Apparently there are 120 reasons to watch the event, but we can’t be bothered to list them all, so here’s a few to start you off.
1/ It’s in England! – Or, more specifically, the O2 Arena, and when has England ever put on a bad sporting event? Ok, so there are a few examples, but luckily we’ve left the planning for this event to Dana White and the boys, and they know what they’re doing.
2/ Michael Bisping’s in the Main Event – ‘The Count’ returns to action in his homeland for the first time since he beat the stupid out of Denis Kang just under a year ago. With a win against Dan Miller back in May, our Mike looks like he’s getting back on track after a close decision loss to Pride FC legend Wanderlei Silva earlier in the year. With the home crowd heavily behind him, he’ll be looking to do all he can to make quick work of Yoshihiro Akiyama, or Sexyama, as he’s known to the hardcore fans, as he looks to start a run for the Middleweight title and maintain his unbeaten record fighting in England.
3/ Dan Hardy vs Carlos Condit – If you know anything about MMA, you’ll know this fight between two highly ranked welterweights is going to be an all-out war. Both guys are excellent on the feet, both have incredible chins and both are more than competent when the fight hits the mat. Nottingham boy Hardy’s coming off a loss to George St.Pierre in March, which is nothing to be ashamed of, and Condit had a great come-from-behind win in last fight against Rory MacDonald. This one ain’t going to be for the faint of heart.
4/ John Hathaway’s back – Britain’s hottest prospect returns to the Octagon for the first time since dominating Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner Diego Sanchez. The 22-year-old’s opponent, Mike Pyle, is not exactly the step up in competition a lot of fans wanted to see, but he’s talked our boy’s ability down a fair bit, so it’ll be good to see The Hitman put a beating on him.
5/ There are loads of British fighters on show – Almost every fight on the card features at least one British fighter, including UFC newcomers Paul Sass, Kurt Warburton and Rob Broughton. So it’s time to break out your flags and face paint, and get all patriotic to back our lads, as they fight to do queen and country proud.
6/ The Octagon girls are in the UK – The very same Arianny Celeste that will be on the November cover of Playboy will be gracing our shores. We’re excited. Why? The picture below should explain why.
7/ It’s not on at stupid o’clock – Take that America. You’re on our time now. Yep, for once, you don’t have to stay up until six in the morning to watch an entire UFC event. Your body clock will be pleased. The main card is scheduled to kick off at around 8PM on ESPN UK, and the tape delay will be shown five hours later in the US. Unlucky, lads.
Okay, so we’re 113 reasons short. Sorry.
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