UFC returns to London this weekend with UFC Fight Night: Aspinall vs. Tybura.
In recent years, London has become a popular twice-a-year destination for the UFC, attracting a plethora of British talent and filling the O2 Arena to capacity.
The UFC's return in March 2022 after a two-year absence due to the global coronavirus pandemic was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from fans, prompting the promotion to swiftly organize another event just four months later, which received the same raucous support. The electric atmosphere was further fueled by Leon Edwards' stunning come-from-behind knockout victory over Kamaru Usman, securing the welterweight title and solidifying his position as a hometown hero.
Now, as the second event of 2023 approaches, anticipation is high, with a lineup of familiar names ready to step into the Octagon. These London events have earned a reputation for being consistently entertaining, delivering unforgettable moments year after year. There is every reason to believe that this week's show will live up to its predecessors, promising an action-packed and memorable experience from the first bout to the last.
UFC London India Time and Channel | How to watch UFC London In India
UFC London: Aspinall vs. Tybura will be live in India on Sunday, 23 July 2023 from 12:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST) on SONY SPORTS TEN 2 & SONY SPORTS TEN 2 HD, SONY SPORTS TEN 3 & SONY SPORTS TEN 3 HD (Hindi), SONY SPORTS TEN 4 & SONY SPORTS TEN 4 HD (Tamil & Telugu).
Tom Aspinall vs. Marcin Tybura Preview
Aspinall, who headlined both of the UFC's London events last year, unfortunately, had his July fight against Curtis Blaydes cut short due to a knee injury that took only 15 seconds. Before that setback, the Team Kaobon standout had an impressive record of winning all five of his UFC appearances, each by stoppage, and securing eight consecutive victories overall, all via stoppage. Eager to regain his momentum, Aspinall aims to get back on track with a strong performance in this Saturday's finale.
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old Tybura has been quietly building an impressive streak of wins, entering this weekend's contest with a two-fight winning streak and seven victories in his last eight fights. Despite his past struggles in reaching true contender status, the Polish stalwart now has a chance to break through that barrier with a win this weekend, which would propel him into the Top 5 rankings of the division.
Molly McCann vs. Julija Stoliarenko Preview
Popular among fans, Molly McCann is set to make her return to London with the goal of getting back on the winning track as she greets Julija Stoliarenko, who is making her debut in the flyweight division.
Last year in London, McCann's stock rose significantly with two impressive stoppage victories. She first defeated Luana Carolina with a spinning back elbow and repeated the feat against Hannah Goldy in July, earning her a higher standing in the division and increasing her overall popularity. However, her quick turnaround in November at Madison Square Garden didn't go as planned, as she was taken down and swiftly submitted by the emerging talent Erin Blanchfield.
As for Stoliarenko, she secured her first UFC victory last July, finally breaking her initial four-fight losing streak inside the Octagon by submitting Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC 276. Nevertheless, her momentum was halted in October with a first-round stoppage loss to Chelsea Chandler. Now, the seasoned Lithuanian fighter seeks a fresh start by transitioning to a new weight class, hoping to begin a promising run in the flyweight division.
UFC London: Aspinall vs. Tybura Fight Card
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