UFC’s highly anticipated return to The O2 in London, England, is set to showcase some of the best British talent in MMA . With young local prospects heading to the big stage on home soil, the event on Saturday, March 18, will also mark the last fight for a legend of the sport and native Londoner, Brad “One Punch” Pickett.
Pickett (26-13; fighting out of London, England) will face Mexican Henry Briones (19-6-1; fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) in his retirement fight at The O2. After excelling at a young age in football, an injury turned the East Londoner to combat sports and his passion in what, at that time, was the relatively unknown sport of mixed martial arts.
With knockout power and an exciting fighting style, Pickett fast rose up the ranks and became a fan favorite in the UFC as well as a pioneer for British MMA. Pickett will leave his heart and gloves in the Octagon as he looks to thrill his hometown fans one last time.
With this past year seeing the first British UFC champion crowned as Michael Bisping defeated Luke Rockhold in June, MMA has never been so prevalent in the UK. Making the walk to the Octagon on March 18 will be a host of British MMA talent hoping to make their own mark on the sport and represent the UK on a global stage.
Additional bouts include:
With seven athletes from the UK so far annouced for UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON, March 18 will be a showcase of British talent and show why the country is making strides in the sport.
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