A heavyweight showdown between the #5 ranked contender, Alexander Volkov, and the #10 rated challenger, Tom Aspinall will take main event honors at UFC Fight Night London on March 19. – from The O2 Arena in London, England.
Recently returning to the winner’s enclosure, Volkov, a former M-1 Global heavyweight champion defeated his fellow former promotional titleholder, Marcin Tybura at UFC 267 in October on ‘Fight Island’ with a unanimous decision victory.
11-2 as a professional, Aspinall earned Performance of the Night honors back in September at UFC Vegas 36 with a one-sided opening round knockout victory against Sergey Spivak. The win came as his fourth consecutively under the UFC’s banner. ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto was first to report the headlining bout as per UFC president, Dana White.
34-9 as a professional, Moscow striking ace, Volkov boasts a 3-1 record in his last four outings, with his sole blemish in that period coming opposite current interim heavyweight champion and Saturday’s UFC 270 headliner, Ciryl Gane.
Before the unanimous decision defeat, Volkov managed to secure knockout triumphs against both Walt Harris, before stopping veteran decorated Dutch kickboxing talent, Alistair Overeem. Throughout his run with the organization, Volkov has defeated the likes of Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve, and Greg Hardy.
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Previously headlining the March 2018 instalment of UFC Fight Night London, Volkov knocked out former undisputed heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum.
Boasting nine knockout wins from 11 total triumphs, Atherton-born finisher, Aspinall landed in the UFC back in July 2020 – stopping recent UFC Vegas 46 co-headliner, Jake Collier with a quickfire opening round knockout win.
In October of that year – also in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Aspinall stopped Alan Baudot with an opening round knockout, before stopping former undisputed heavyweight best, Andrei Arlovski with a second round rear-naked choke at UFC Vegas 19 last February.
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