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

Eddie Wineland vs Brad Pickett UFC 155Pickett (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.

TRENDING > Mark Hunt Files Lawsuit Against Brock Lesnar, Dana White and UFC

Additional bouts include:

  • Following a win at UFC 204: BISPING VS. HENDERSON 2, in Manchester, England, Leon Edwards (12-3; fighting out of Birmingham, England) will take on his toughest test to date inVicente Luque (11-5-1; fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil), who is coming off four consecutive wins in a pivotal welterweight showdown.
  • Manchester’s own Marc Diakiese (11-0; fighting out of Manchester, England) will aim to keep his undefeated record against Finland’s Teemu Packalen  (8-1; fighting out of Turku, Finland) in a lightweight matchup.
  • Rising UK prospect Tom Breese (10-1; fighting out of Birmingham, England) will look to show he is a threat in the welterweight division when he faces Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2; fighting out of New York, USA) on March 18. 
  • The Brits collide in London as middleweight Bradley Scott (11-4; fighting out of Bath, England) returns from a year on the sidelines to face Scott Askham (14-3; fighting out of Yorkshire, England). 
  • London’s own Darren Stewart (8-0; fighting out of London, England) will be looking to put on a dominate performance on home soil against Brazilian Francimar Barroso (18-6; fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as two of the brightest light heavyweight prospects square off.

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. 

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT LONDON will go on general sale on Friday, January 27 via AXS and Ticketmaster. Fight Club members will get the opportunity to purchase their tickets early on Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. and UFC newsletter subscribers on Thursday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Follow MMAWeekly.com on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Thiago Alves Moves Back to Welterweight at UFC 210 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 9 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC veteran Thiago Alves is moving back to the welterweight division at UFC 210 after a failed attempt to make lightweight in his last outing. read news >>

Derrick Lewis: 'It Only Takes One Punch' (UFC Halifax Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 10 days ago
  • 5 views

All it takes is one punch from Derrick Lewis or Travis Browne to end your night. They meet in the main event at UFC Fight Night Halifax on Saturday. read news >>

UFC's James Moontasri, 28, announces MMA retirement

  • 13 days ago
  • 34 views

Nine years after his pro MMA debut, 28-year-old James Moontasri has called it quits on his fighting career.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Rashad Evans Faces Daniel Kelly at UFC 209 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 13 views

Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will make his middleweight debut at UFC 209 against Australia's Daniel Kelly UFC officials announced on Tuesday. read news >>

Holly Holm Appealing Germaine de Randamie's UFC 208 Late Shots | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 552 views

Holly Holm, following her controversial loss to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 on Saturday in Brooklyn, is appealing the outcome of the fight. read news >>

Gunnar Nelson Returns in UFC London Co-Main Event | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 6 views

Gunnar Nelson returns after nearly a year out of the Octagon for the UFC Fight Night 107 co-main event on March 18 in London. read news >>

Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne: UFC Halifax Joe Rogan Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 53 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan previews the heavyweight main event match-up at UFC Halifax between No. 8 ranked Derrick Lewis and No. 9 ranked Travis Browne. read news >>

Thiago Santos Spinning Head Kick Takes Out Jack Marshman (UFC Halifax Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago
  • 15 views

Check out Thiago Santos' stunning spinning head kick that dropped Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 105 on Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. read news >>

Randa Markos Takes the Nod Carla Esparza (UFC Halifax Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago
  • 6 views

Watch as Randa Markos upsets Carla Esparza at UFC Fight Night 105 on Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. read news >>

Gavin Tucker Keeps Unbeaten Streak Intact (UFC Halifax Fight Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC newcomer Gavin Tucker kept his unbeaten streak intact by defeating Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night 105 on Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. read news >>