UFC London 2022: Ticket updates and latest card information as 23 July return announced at O2 Arena

The UFC heads to London for the second time in four months after announcing a swift return to the O2 Arena on July 23. Here’s what we know so far.

By George Mills Published: 12 May 2022 - 3.00pm

It’s official! The UFC will return to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 23 July, marking a second date in the British capital inside four months.

Tickets will be available for purchase on May 27 through Ticketmaster, AXS or TheO2.co.uk; further information on how and when to buy tickets for this event will be released nearer to the time.

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Having endured a lengthy three-year wait between visits before the UFC touched down in London earlier this year, UK MMA fans have been rewarded for their spectacular support with another blockbuster card coming to British shores.

UFC president Dana White was blown away by his experience inside the O2 Arena less than 50 days ago having personally sampled the atmosphere on a historic night, telling reporters at the time: "Tonight re-energised me and reminded me of what it's like to do fights over in the UK.

Confirmed so far

  • Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall
  • Jack Hermansson vs Darren Till
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs Nikita Krylov
  • Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir
  • Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy
  • Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson

"We're coming back here this year. I don't give a s**t what the schedule is. We're gonna be moving s**t around when we get home!"

And the charismatic kingmaker of the fight game has fulfilled his promise, paving the way for another lively evening of action from the iconic venue in east London.

The first batch of fighters to be involved have confirmed their appearances at the second British card of the year which is to be headlined by rising heavyweight star Tom Aspinall once again.

Aspinall will take on fellow heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes in what many believe could even serve as an unofficial title eliminator between two of the division’s most dangerous men.

The Team Kaobon man will be joined on the card by stable mate Darren Till, who makes his first appearance since losing to Derek Brunson in September when he takes on Jack Hermansson in the middleweight division.

Flyweight sensation Muhammad Mokaev will also fight once again in London looking to back up his sensational promotional debut back in March, facing UFC debutant and Legacy Fighting Alliance champion Charles Johnson.

Aspinall and Mokaev were among the standout performers at UFC London in March on what was hailed as a breakthrough night for British MMA.

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Nine homegrown stars featured on a brilliant bill of fights with seven of those going on to win including Aspinall, Mokaev, Jack Shore, Arnold Allen, Paul Craig, Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann.

Taking on highly ranked heavyweight gatekeeper Alexander Volkov, Aspinall delivered his best showing in the UFC so far, dominating the Russian giant before securing a first-round submission.

That result moved Aspinall to the brink of title contention in the division with one final test likely all that stands between the Southport man and a maiden shot at UFC gold.

Mokaev, meanwhile, pocketed a performance bonus as he made light work of Cody Durden inside the very first minute of his UFC debut back in March.

The 21-year-old, who is highly rated by matchmakers inside the promotion, is aiming to break Jon Jones' long-standing record of becoming the youngest ever UFC champion before his 23rd birthday.

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