Cage Warriors alums, Ilia ‘El Matador’ Topuria, and Jai ‘The Black Country Banger’ Herbert are slated to meet in a lightweight showdown at UFC London on March 19. – at The O2 Arena in London, England.
Making his lightweight divisional bow, Topuria, who boasts an undefeated 11-0 record, was slated to feature at UFC 270 last month against Movsar Evloev, and then short-notice replacement, Charles Jourdain, until weight-cutting issues prevented the German-born contender from competing.
For Herbert, the former undisputed Cage Warriors lightweight champion landed his first promotional victory back in October at UFC Vegas 41, stopping Khama Worthy with a first round knockout in his third UFC outing. News of Topuria’s lightweight excursion against Herbert was first reported by Gonzalo Campos.
In his most recent outing, Topuria, who was ineligible to win Cage Warriors bantamweight gold back in 2018 against Brian Boulard, tipped the scales for the title outing, stopped the tricky grappler, Ryan Hall with strikes at UFC 264.
The victory came as Topuria’s eleventh professionally, and third in the Octagon – following a unanimous decision win over Youssef Zalal, a knockout win over Damon Jackson, and his first round KO victory against the aforenoted, Hall.
11-3 as a professional, Herbert, a native of Wolverhampton, will kick off the first fight of his new contract with the UFC on March 19. against Topuria.
Suffering defeat in his first two UFC outings, Herbert came unstuck with a heavy knockout loss to Brazilian duo, Francisco Trinaldo in his Octagon bow, before finding himself on the receiving end of a rear-naked choke blemish against Renato Moicano before his win over Worthy.
UFC London is slated to take place on March 19. from The O2 Arena in London, England – with a light heavyweight main event bout between Alexander Volkov, and Tom Aspinall booked to headline the showcase.
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