UFC returns to London on July 22 for the second UK event of the year, and fourth UK event in 18 months. The O2 plays host once again as British No. 5 ranked heavyweight Tom Aspinall takes on Polish No. 10 ranked Marcin Tybura. Also on the card, Liverpool’s own Molly McCann will face off against Lithuanian Julija Stoliarenko in an intriguing flyweight matchup
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ASPINALL vs. TYBURA tickets go on sale from 10:00 a.m. BST on Friday, May 26 via AXS and Ticketmaster. Fight Club members can purchase tickets early at 9:00 a.m. BST on Wednesday, May 24, whilst those who registered their interest early in this event will gain priority access at 10:00 a.m. BST Thursday, May 25.
England’s Aspinall (12-3, fighting out of Salford, England) returns for his third headline event in London. In March 2022 he stopped heavyweight veteran Alexander Volkov in the first round, which put the heavyweight division on watch. After an injury set back, there is great anticipation for Aspinall’s return exactly a year on. He has been efficient in the Octagon® finishing all but one of his victories in the first round.
Tybura (24-7, fighting out of Uniejow, Poland) is a proven veteran of the heavyweight division, with this upcoming bout set to be his 18th in the UFC. He has won seven of his last eight bouts, most recently defeating Blagoy Ivanov by unanimous decision in February. The Polish fighter has shown off his well-rounded style throughout his MMA career, holding six wins by submission and a further nine by knockout.
McCann (13-5, fighting out of Liverpool, England) provided two of the most exciting finishes at last year’s London cards, delivering a pair of emphatic spinning elbow knockouts and earning performance bonuses for both events. The Liverpuddlian has won 12 of her last 16, which included a Cage Warriors flyweight title.
Stoliarenko (10-8-2, fighting out of Kaunas, Lithuania) earned her spot on the UFC roster following an impressive showing on The Ultimate Figher season 28 for Team Whittaker, which saw her through to the semi-final. A grappling expert, nine of Stoliarenko’s 10 victories have come by submission, all of which were secured in the first round. Stoliarenko trains at the Roger Gracie Academy, where she secured a black belt in BJJ in 2021.
Additional bouts on the card include:
- Fighting at middleweight for the first time, Scotsman Paul Craig (16-6-1, fighting out of Airdrie, Scotland) will face Andre Muniz who has won 17 of his last 19 (23-5, fighting out of Montes Claros, Brazil).
- Back for the first time since his victory in Paris last September, Nathaniel Wood (19-5, fighting out of London, England) will be taking on the exciting Andre Fili (22-9, fighting out of Federal Way, United States) in a bout between two consummate strikers.
- Undefeated and on a four-fight win streak, Lerone Murphy (12-0-1, fighting out of Manchester, England) faces Josh Culibao (11-1-1, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) in what should be an electric featherweight bout bout.
- Entertaining striker Jai Herbert (12-4-1, fighting out of Wolverhampton, England) takes on French fighter Fares Ziam (13-4, fighting out of Venisseux, France), who is looking to continue momentum after winning three of his last four.
- Looking for a repreat of his winning performance in London, Marc Diakiese (16-6, fighting out of Doncaster, England by way of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) faces Joel Alvarez (19-3, fighting out of Gijón, Spain) in what should be a high-intensity lightweight bout.
- Looking to bounce back in his home town, Danny Roberts (18-7, fighting out of London, England) faces Jonny Parsons (8-2, fighting out of Biloxi, United States) who makes his debut after impressing on Dana White’s Contender Series.
- After one of the submissions of the year, Davey Grant (15-6, fighting out of Bishop Auckland, England) faces the undefeated Daniel Marcos (14-0, fighting out of Lima, Peru) in what should be an exciting bantamweight bout.
- Two explosive welterweights face off as Makhmud Muradov (25-8, fighting out of Dunshanbe, Tajikistan), faces Bryan Barbarena (18-10, fighting out of Montclair, United States).
- Two surging lightweight prospects, who won their UFC debuts at the previous March event in London, clash as Chris Duncan (10-1, fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland) faces Yanal Ashmouz (7-0, fighting out of Tiberias, Israel).
- Earning his contract through a first round finish on Dana White’s Contender Series, Mick Parkin (6-0, fighting out of Sunderland, England) squares off against Jamal Pogues (10-3, fighting out of Los Angeles, United States), who won his UFC debut back in February.
- Brazillian judo expert, Ketlen Vieira (13-3, fighting out of State of Amazonas, Brazil) faces Pannie Kianzad (17-6 fighting out of Helsingborg, Sweden) in what should be a back and forth bantamweight bout.
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