Tom Aspinall’s injury worsens epic night for fight fans who witnessed sublime performances from Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann


It was an amazing night for the British fighters on the second UFC card of the year at London’s O2 Arena.

Tom Aspinall picked up the biggest victory of his career in the main event, but there were huge wins for National fighters all over the card on Saturday night.

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Dalby certainly had the fans behind him at UFC London

Nicholas Dalby beats. Claudio Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Nicholas Dalby bounced back from a tough first round to earn a unanimous decision victory over Claudio Silva on the opening night of the night at UFC London.

‘Lokomotivo’ was dominated on the mat for the first five minutes, but Silva appeared to empty his gas tank in that round and appeared to be in survival mode for the next 10 minutes.

Dalby collected his punches over the final two rounds but was unable to knock out his 39-year-old opponent before the horn sounded and ended their fight.

Leonardo ended a two-game losing streak against Bohm

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Leonardo ended a two-game losing streak against Bohm

Victoria Leonardo beats. Mandy Bohm by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Another 15-minute affair followed Dalby’s win as Victoria Leonardo took on Mandy Bohm for a dominant decision win.

Bohm often initiated the clinch but found herself stuck against the cage or on her back during what can only be described as a tough night at the office for her.

‘Fury’ will just be thrilled to get back into the win column after suffering back-to-back losses to Manon Fiorot and Melissa Gatto.

Herbert found his way to victory in front of a raucous crowd in London

Herbert found his way to victory in front of a raucous crowd in London

Jai Herbert beats. Kyle Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Former Cage Warriors champion Jai Herbert set the tone for the evening as the first British fighter to compete on the card.

‘The Black Country Banger’ dropped out of round one but rallied in second and third with his punching and grappling skills to claim victory.

It was a much needed victory for Herbert who was viciously knocked out by Ilia Topuria at the O2 Arena in March and had lost three of his first four UFC fights by stoppage tonight.

Mokaev made it 2-0 for British fighters at UFC London

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Mokaev made it 2-0 for British fighters at UFC London

Muhammad Mokaev defeats. Charles Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

The 21-year-old, who was born in Dagestan, Russia but moved to England as a refugee aged eight, enjoyed one of the best UFC debuts ever earlier this year by landing a flying knee on Cody Durden before submitting him. in just 58 seconds.

Now he’s 2-0 in MMA’s premier promotion after staging a wrestling clinic against Charles Johnson who was tough but unable to mount a real offense over three rounds in London.

Pearce gave fans the big finish they've been waiting for

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Pearce gave fans the big finish they’ve been waiting for

Jonathan Pearce beats. Makwan Amirkhani via TKO in the second round

American featherweight Jonathan Peace landed favor with the British fight crowd when he became the first fighter to score a finish on the card.

‘JSP’ maimed Makwan Amirkhani in the second round and landed a ton of ground and pounds before the referee stepped in to call off the fight.

The 30-year-old is now riding a four-fight winning streak and hasn’t lost since being TKOed by UFC legend Joe Lauzon in his promotional debut in October 2019.

The only Londoner on the map relished the fights in his hometown

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The only Londoner on the map relished the fights in his hometown

Nathaniel Wood won. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Nathaniel Wood made it 3-0 for the British fighters on the card as he earned a decision win over tough but overmatched American Charles Rosa.

‘The Prospect’ beat his opponent with wicked headbutts and kicks, but was unable to find the finish to cap what was an otherwise perfect start at featherweight.

Diakiese has won back-to-back UFC London wins

Diakiese has won back-to-back UFC London wins

Marc Diakiese defeats. Damir Hadžović by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Khabib Nurmagomedov Marc Diakiese showed off his ever-improving wrestling game with a dominant display against Damir Hadžović.

‘Bonecrusher’ was previously known for his flashy strikes but lately he’s become a real grappler and the change in style is certainly working well for him and for the UK who have won four straight to start the event.

The 29-year-old picked up his second win in a row after derailing Viacheslav Borschev’s hype train earlier this year.

Klein was the first spoiler of the evening

Klein was the first spoiler of the evening

Ľudovít Klein def. Mason Jones by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Britain’s dominance at UFC London came to an end in the evening’s preliminary bout between Mason Jones and Ľudovít Klein.

Jones charged forward throughout the opening round but was just too hittable and was forced to pay by Klein who often marked him, including giving him a flying headbutt which the Welshman ate from a one way or another.

In the second round, the fight seemed to be over when the former two-weight Cage Warriors champion fell face down to the mat after eating a bad punch. Klein followed his opponent to the ground and came out of bad ground and hammered but was unable to take Jones out.

‘The Dragon’ spent most of the last frame on his back desperately trying to find a hi mary submission, but he couldn’t and ultimately succumbed to a lopsided decision loss.

Oezdemir made Craig pay for his submission attempts

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Oezdemir made Craig pay for his submission attempts

Volkan Oezdemir defeated. Paul Craig by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

An unusual light-heavyweight bout followed Klein-Jones.

Volkan Oezdemir survived an initial heel hook attempt from the jiu-jitsu wizard and was able to get into the fight throughout the first five minutes.

In the second round, ‘Bearjew’ started to find some success on the feet, but each time he did he would give up his shot and try to pull guard in hopes of securing the 14e submission victory of his MMA career.

“No Time” found the mark with his power shots sporadically and that was ultimately enough to land him the decision on the judges’ scorecards.

McCann is one of the biggest stars in British MMA after his third consecutive victory.

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McCann is one of the biggest stars in British MMA after his third consecutive victory.

Molly McCann won. Hannah Goldy via first-round TKO

Molly McCann received the biggest pop of the night so far out of the thousands in attendance at UFC London in the O2 Arena, and deservedly so.

‘Meatball’ swarmed his opponent from the first bell and quickly found the mark with his hands before landing a spinning elbow reminiscent of his most famous UFC victory.

Hannah Goldy collapsed, ate a few more punches before falling to the ground and forcing veteran referee Herb Dean out of the fight.

Krylov made it look easy against Gustafsson

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Krylov made it look easy against Gustafsson

Nikita Krylov defeated. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO in the first round

UFC Hall of Famer Alexander Gustafsson was a shadow of his former self at the O2 Arena tonight.

‘The Mauler’ was hit and hurt by Nikita Krylov, who is not known as a heavy puncher, throughout the fight which lasted just over a minute and sadly seems to be the last time we will see the Swedish legend in the UFC.

The UFC fan favorite has proven why he's one of MMA's most exciting prospects

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The UFC fan favorite has proven why he’s one of MMA’s most exciting prospects

Paddy Pemblet beats. Jordan Leavitt by second-round submission

Paddy Pimblett continued his journey to stardom at UFC London with a submission win over Jordan Leavitt, the man many considered his toughest opponent to date.

‘The Baddy’ locked in a rear-naked choke in the second round before delivering on his pre-fight promise to ‘teabag’ his opponent who had been talking trash ahead of their fight at the O2 Arena.

The charismatic Liverpudlian celebrated wildly with fans who came out to support him before delivering a heartfelt message about mental health after telling Michael Bisping during his post-fight interview that his friend had recently taken his own life.

Hermansson made it easier for his late UFC London opponent

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Hermansson made it easier for his late UFC London opponent

Jack Hermansson beats. Chris Curtis via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Following Paddy Pimblett was always going to be difficult, even for Darren Till who until recently was linked with UFC London before pulling out of the card due to injury.

Jack Hermansson instead fought middleweight contender Chris Curtis and the fight lasted 15 minutes of uneventful striking exchanges before the fight took a turn in the dying seconds of the third frame.

Curtis grew frustrated with his opponent’s “running” and implored him to get up and strike. The fight ended but both men wanted to continue after the final bell.

The American was dragged out of the Octagon but profanely waved at his opponent who spent most of his post-fight speech apologizing for his performance.

A tearful Aspinall had to be escorted out of the Octagon

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A tearful Aspinall had to be escorted out of the Octagon

Curtis Blaydes defeats. Tom Aspinall by TKO in the first round

UFC London’s fight card came to an unfortunate end as British heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall injured his leg moments after his main event against Curtis Bladyes.

Both men chased him from the first bell and it looked like we might have a short night, but no one would have expected the fight to turn out so ominously.

Aspinall landed a kick to his opponent’s thigh before falling to the ground in pain and clutching his knee. Veteran referee Herb Dean immediately stepped in to call off the fight much to the disappointment of Bladyes and the fans at The O2 Arena.



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