Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall booked for main event

    The UFCโ€™s return to London in March has a heavyweight headliner.

    Former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov (34-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will take on Tom Aspinall (11-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in the main event of the UFCโ€™s โ€œFight Nightโ€ show on March 19. UFC president Dana White confirmed the booking to the promotionโ€™s broadcast partner, ESPN.

    While the March 19 card is not official, it is expected to take place at O2 Arena in London with a broadcast on ESPN and ESPN+.

    Volkov got back in the win column this past October with a decision over Marcin Tybura at UFC 267. In June 2021, he dropped a decision to Ciryl Gane, who went on to win the interim heavyweight title. The loss to Gane snapped a two-fight winning streak of knockouts against Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem, the latter of which won a post-fight bonus award.

    Aspinall, from Manchester, will fight in front of his home-country fans for the first time as a member of the UFCโ€™s roster. He fought exclusively in England for his first nine fights before he signed with the UFC for a July 2020 Performance of the Night debut with a first-round knockout of Jake Collier.

    Aspinall followed that up with a first-round TKO of Alan Baudot, a bonus-winning submission of former champion Andrei Arlovski in February 2021, and a bonus-winning first-round knockout of Serghei Spivac this past September.

    With the addition, the UFCโ€™s London card now includes:

    • Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall
    • Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento
    • Luana Carolina vs. Molly McCann
    • Cody Durden vs. Muhammad Mokaev
    • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Grundy
    • Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev
    • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Sergei Pavlovich

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