One of the most highly anticipated events of the UFC’s 2018 calendar has today been bolstered further by the addition of an unmissable co-main event match up.
Welterweights Neil Magny and Gunnar Nelson – both ranked within the top 15 of the UFC’s 170lbs division – will go head to head when the UFC Octagon® lands in Liverpool, England for the very first time on Sunday, May 31.
The bout will serve as the co-main attraction of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LIVERPOOL, an event which is set to be headlined by Liverpool native Darren Till and a yet-to-be-confirmed top 15 ranked opponent. Tickets, which are expected to sell-out quickly, will go on sale on Friday, April 13 via the Echo Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster.
The event marks the return to action for No.9 ranked Magny, who rounded off 2017 with one of the biggest wins of his career to date. Magny bettered former champion Carlos Condit over five rounds back in December, adding yet another victory to a record which now includes wins over the likes of Johny Hendricks, Kelvin Gastelum and Hector Lombard.
Come May 27, however, Magny will face an opponent who – having spent years training in Dublin, Ireland – will be the firm favourite with fans inside Echo Arena. Adopted Irishman Nelson, who hails from Reykjavik in Iceland, was last in action in July when he suffered a first round TKO defeat at the hands of surging Argentinian prospect Santiago Ponzinibbio. Despite the loss, Nelson remains one of the most capable fighters in the UFC’s welterweight division, one who – with a win over Magny – would return to within touching distance of a shot at the world title.
Nelson said: “I’m very excited to be fighting in Liverpool. It’s been a while since I last fought and I’m happy to have landed this fight. I’ve been working hard, and I’ve picked up lots of new things and sharpened some tools, which I’m looking forward to showing the fans in Liverpool on May 27th”.
Also added to the UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LIVERPOOL fight card today is another welterweight matchup between England’s Brad Scott and Poland’s Salim Touahri. Both fighters will be on the hunt for victory as they meet inside what is expected to be a sold out Echo Arena.