The UFC’s March return to London has started to build with the addition of three fights to the lineup.
Leon Edwards (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) will take on Peter Sobotta (17-5-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a welterweight bout; promotional newcomer Magomed Ankalaev (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet Paul Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at light heavyweight; and heavyweight Mark Godbeer (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will clash with Dmitry Poberezhets (24-5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will make his UFC debut. UFC officials announced the three new bookings today.
UFC Fight Night 127 takes place March 17 at The O2 in London. The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Edwards will fight in front of his home fans in England for the third time in four fights and for the fifth straight time in Europe. He’s currently on a 4-0 run with decisions over Dominic Waters, Vicente Luque and, most recently, Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night 115 in September. In October 2016 in Manchester, he thrilled his home British fans with a submission of Albert Tumenov.
Poland native Sobotta has won four of his past five fights since returning to the UFC in 2014 for his second stint with the company, and has won nine of his past 10 overall. After a TKO loss to Kyle Noke at UFC 193 more than two years ago, he got back on track with a decision win over Nicolas Dalby in September 2016. In May, he picked up arguably his biggest win to date with a TKO of Ben Saunders at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden.
Craig will be looking to get back on track after back-to-back knockout losses in 2017. He debuted with the UFC just about a year ago with a bonus-winning submission of Henrique da Silva at UFC on FOX 22. But the Scottish “Bearjew” was stopped with a first-round TKO by Tyson Pedro at UFC 209 in May, then knocked out by Khalil Rountree at UFC Fight Night 113 in May in front of his home Scotland fans.
Ankalaev, a 25-year-old Dagestani fighter, comes to the UFC with a perfect 9-0 record that includes four knockout wins. He has two first-round knockout wins in 2017, including one over three-fight UFC veteran Wagner Prado in May.
Godbeer will be looking to build on back-to-back victories – his first two wins in the UFC. He debuted with the promotion at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast in November 2016, but was submitted by Justin Ledet. He bounced back at UFC 209 with a decision win over Daniel Spitz, and at UFC 217 in New York in November, he won a controversial fight when Walt Harris was disqualified for an illegal head kick. He has wins in five of his past six overall.
Poberezhets finally will make his promotional debut after a false start earlier this year at UFC 211 in Dallas. He was booked to debut there against Jarjis Danho, then had his opponent changed to Chase Sherman. Then Poberezhets was pulled from the card not long before the event. When the 32-year-old Ukrainian steps into the octagon for the first time, it will have been more than six years since his most recent loss. He has a 14-fight winning streak with 13 finishes, 12 of which have come in the first round.
The UFC Fight Night 127 lineup now includes: