UK based UFC veterans in prime position to make a return

Over the past couple of weeks two UK based UFC veterans continued their winning ways on the British scene. It is not very often that European talent can work their way back to the UFC after being released but both Andre Winner (top left) and Karlos Vemola (top right) are certainly doing their very best.

Andre Winner (20-8-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC), 29-years-old, 8-2-1 since 2011 release.

Winner suffered a recent setback on a local show after fighting to a draw with relative newcomer Xavier Sedras. But that result was swept under the carpet less than a month later as he defeated fellow UFC veteran Colin Fletcher in the co-main event of BAMMA 20. This win extended his current undefeated streak to six fights, including a recent win over UFC hopeful Artem Lobov.

Last year was Winner’s most active year as a professional since 2007 as the lightweight went 4-0, three of which took place on one evening, and is now looking likely to be even more active this year having competed twice already.

At just 29-years-old and having the experience he does I am sure Winner would be a welcome addition to any of the European UFC cards in the near future.

Karlos Vemola (15-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC), 29-years-old, 6-0 since 2013 release.

The London based Czech fighter has been on an absolute tear since his justified release two years ago and just last weekend he won his sixth straight fight by defeating Carl Kinslow by first round submission at UCMMA 43, his forth in six fights. While Kinslow might not have been the highest quality opponent Vemola can boast recent wins over the likes of Denniston Sutherland and Piotr Strus.

With the increased number of European events being put on by the UFC, I for one would not object to seeing Vemola being given a second chance on one of these cards, he certainly deserves it. If the call doesn’t come yet I’ve heard that he might be fighting for a UCMMA title next.

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