Earlier this week it was announced that two fan favourites would collide at UFC Fight Night: London in what is shaping up to be one of the strongest UFC cards that we have seen on these shores for some time. In a fight that certainly captures the imagination, Leon Edwards will take on Gunnar Nelson in an intriguing battle in the welterweight division.
Edwards is currently riding the crest of a wave in his pursuit for a shot at welterweight gold. Having won his last 6 fights in the UFC, Rocky will return to the octagon for the first time since beating Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night: Singapore in June last year. Always keen to impress, Edwards has a clear vision as to what he wants to happen in front of his home fans.
“I love fighting at home – I’ve never lost in England and it’s always amazing energy. I want to put on another great finish for the UK fans and then bring the UFC back to Birmingham later this year.”
Edwards will be making a return to the capital near enough a year to the day since his last outing on UK soil when he scored a 3rd round TKO victory over Peter Sobotta on the Werdum v Volkov card. In Gunnar Nelson, Edwards can expect a tough night at the office. After quite literally opening up Alex Oliveira at UFC231 last month, Gunni is a firm fan favourite and will look to spoil Edwards’ unblemished UK record in the UFC. However, Edwards is more than confident of notching up his 7th straight victory.
“I think you know what you’re going to get with Gunnar. He’s got great jiu jitsu, but I feel I am much more well-rounded, particularly on the feet. I’m not concerned wherever the fight goes, I will look to finish him wherever.”
Needless to say, Rocky will be bringing his A game to the O2 but it’s no secret that he wanted to fight both Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal, a fight that was itself confirmed as the main event for the March 16th event.
“I’ve gone on record a number of times wanting to fight both of them and would have loved to fight either in London, but now my full focus is on Gunnar. I will watch this main event after my fight and look forward to possibly fighting the winner as I continue to move towards the UFC Welterweight title.”
No matter what the outcome of both fights may be in March, UK MMA fans will not want to miss out on this one. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 1st February but in the meantime, stay tuned to WHOATV for more UFC London announcements.