Relive the most memorable moments from UFC London’s history, including Matt Hughes’ title defense and Michael Bisping’s triumph over Anderson Silva. Get ready for another night of thrilling fights in London.
London has been a regular destination for the UFC’s international circuit, hosting some of the most exciting fights in the promotion’s history. As UFC returns to London for another Fight Night card, let’s take a look back at five memorable moments from UFC London’s rich history.
1. UFC 38: The First Visit
In July 2002, UFC made its first trip to the United Kingdom with UFC 38, also known as ‘Brawl at the Hall.’ The event took place at Royal Albert Hall and featured a welterweight championship rematch between Matt Hughes and Carlos Newton. Hughes emerged victorious with a decisive fourth-round TKO, solidifying his status as the better fighter. UFC 38 also marked the debut of the first British fighter in the promotion, Ian Freeman, who scored a first-round stoppage.
2. Michael Bisping’s Triumph over Anderson Silva
Before becoming the UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping had a career-defining moment in London. At UFC Fight Night in February 2016, Bisping faced the legendary Anderson Silva. Despite enduring a devastating flying knee in the third round, Bisping recovered and went on to win a narrow decision. This victory set the stage for Bisping’s Cinderella story and his eventual capture of the middleweight title.
3. Carlos Condit’s Highlight-Reel Knockout
Carlos Condit, also known as ‘The Natural Born Killer,’ delivered one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history at UFC 120 in October 2010. Facing Dan Hardy in enemy territory, Condit landed a clean left hook that sent Hardy crashing to the mat. This victory was part of Condit’s impressive career run, which included wins over Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, and Dong Hyun Kim.
4. Leon Edwards’ Trilogy with Kamaru Usman
Leon Edwards had a trilogy of fights with Kamaru Usman, with the third bout taking place in London. Edwards shocked the world by knocking out Usman in their second fight, bringing the UFC title home to England. The third fight, held at the O2 Arena, saw Edwards pull ahead of a gun-shy Usman to complete the trilogy in front of his fellow Englishmen.
5. Jorge Masvidal’s Career Reboot
Jorge Masvidal rejuvenated his career with a stunning performance at UFC London in 2019. Facing Darren Till, Masvidal delivered a combination that knocked Till out cold. This victory marked the beginning of a thrilling year for Masvidal, where he went on to defeat Ben Askren and Nate Diaz, capturing the BMF title. Masvidal’s memorable moment didn’t end in the Octagon, as he famously engaged in a backstage altercation with Leon Edwards, delivering what became known as the ‘three-piece and a soda.’
These five moments from UFC London’s history showcase the excitement and memorable performances that have taken place in the city. As UFC returns to London once again, fans can expect another night of thrilling fights and potentially more historic moments.
|UFC 38||July 13, 2002||Matt Hughes vs. Carlos Newton||Hughes wins by TKO|
|UFC Fight Night||Feb. 27, 2016||Michael Bisping vs. Anderson Silva||Bisping wins by decision|
|UFC 120||Oct. 16, 2010||Carlos Condit vs. Dan Hardy||Condit wins by KO|
|UFC 278||Aug. 20, 2022||Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman||Edwards wins by KO|
|UFC London 2019||March 16, 2019||Jorge Masvidal vs. Darren Till||Masvidal wins by KO|