Several days back I broke down the preliminary card for your perusal I guess as we’re several days away from UFC Fight Night London it would be remiss of me not to review the main card. Here you go!
(Featherweight) Arnold Allen vs Makwan Amirkhani: We open the main card with an interesting featherweight bout. A division that is in transition at the moment since McGregor left for Lightweight. Arnold Allen is 11 – 1 – 0 and a fan favourite being a Cage Warriors alumnus. He has one performance of the night to his name and is a former Made 4 The Cage Lightweight champion. Amirkhani is 13 – 2 – 0 and a submission specialist however he wowed crowds in his debut for the promotion against Andy Ogle, stopping him in 8 seconds with a knockout; which was one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history at the time.
(Bantamweight) Brad Pickett vs Marlon Vera: An emotional bout; Brad Pickett has a record of 25 – 13 – 0, however of his last 10 fights he is 3 – 7 – 0; he is a former Cage Rage and UCMMA featherweight champion and has 5 fight of the nights (4 for UFC, 1 for WEC), 1 knockout of the night (UFC) and 1 submission of the night (WEC). Originally it was meant to be Henry Briones, but he pulled out 7 days before the fight and was replaced by Marlon Vera who has a record of 8 – 3 – 1; known for fighting in promotions in South America, the up and comer could make a huge impact with a win here. This fight has a lot of potential, both have a lot to prove, especially Pickett who hasn’t been as successful since making the transition from featherweight to bantamweight, however he has said, this will be his last fight, he’ll want to acquire a W before he sets off into the sunset having left his Trilby hat in the cage.
(Welterweight) Gunnar Nelson vs Alan Jouban: The other fight on the card to not feature non British or Irish fighters, even though Nelson trains with McGregor’s team. Nelson has a record 15 – 2 – 1, a submission specialist with a Karate background with 3 performance of the nights. Jouban 15 – 4 – 0, he is a former Fight Club OC Welterweight champion and has 3 fight of the nights to his name, most of his fights end with a knockout or go the distance, so it’s a cat and mouse game of stand-up vs ground.
(Main Event) (Light Heavyweight) Jimi Manuwa vs Corey Anderson:
It’s a star-studded main-event where Jimi Manuwa (Britian #5 light heavyweight in the world) vs Corey Anderson (US #7 light heavyweight in the world). Manuwa is the fan favourite, the 37 year old is the more experienced with 5 successful defenses for the UCMMA light heavyweight title. He has a record 16 – 2 – 0 with his last fight being a KO victory over Ovince Saint Preux in Manchester back in October. Corey Anderson is 10 years younger and with a record of 9 – 2 – 0, he is an Ultimate Fighter winner. Originally Manuwa was meant to fight Glover Texeira at UFC 208; however as Manuwa has previously explained that was not meant to be.
What should be a full night of action in London, be sure to watch the Prelims on Fight Pass and the Main Card on BT Sport, plus checkout whoatv.com throughout the week for updates and coverage on the build-up. And be sure to let us know what you think of our breakdown below or on Facebook or twitter @whoatv.