Everything You Need To Know About UFC Fight Night 204 In London

England's heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall leads the way as UFC returns to the UK for the first time in three years
06:55, 15 Mar 2022

UFC returns to the United Kingdom for the first time in three years next Saturday, as Fight Night 204 hits the O2 Arena in London. The main event sees Liverpool-based heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall take on former Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov.

The headline bout is currently up in the air due to the fact Volkov is Russian and lives in the country. He has reportedly refused to travel to the UK early in order to ensure safe passage, so there remains a chance he will withdraw. The card is still expected to go ahead if Volkov does withdraw, with a replacement opponent believed to be likely for Aspinall.

The card is rich with top domestic fighters with popular Scouse pair Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett and ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann among the array of talent involved. It’s been a long time coming, but the return of the Octagon to British shores is bound to make for an incredible evening.

Here’s everything you need to know about this red hot night in the Big Smoke. 

Where: 02 Arena, London, England

When: Saturday 19th March, Prelims 6pm, Main Card 8pm

How to watch: BT Sport 1

Tale of the Tape:


Place Of Birth: Manchester, England

Age: 28

Record: 11-2 (11 finishes)

Height: 6’5’’ 

Reach: 78’’ 

Last Fight: Big Tom was not hanging around in his last trip to the Octagon. Aspinall took home Performance of the Night for his first round TKO of Sergey Spivak in September. Not one of Aspinall’s victims has heard the final bell yet, with the Englishman having nine knockouts and two submissions on his ledger.

bad to the bone: 'paddy the baddy' will be on hand at the o2
bad to the bone: 'paddy the baddy' will be on hand at the o2


Place Of Birth: Moscow, Russia

Age: 33

Alias: Drago

Record: 34-9 (25 finishes)

Height: 6’7’’ 

Reach: 80’’ 

Last Fight: ‘Drago’ strengthened his grip on sixth spot in the UFC heavyweight rankings with a unanimous decision win over Marcin Tybura in Abu Dhabi. The victory saw Volkov rebound from a defeat last summer to future UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Ciryl Gane.

What They Say:


“I'm aware of how good this guy is and how big an event this is. My goal is just that, I'm not thinking about anything else. He's 6ft 8, a rangy Russian, great kicks, great takedown defence, really underrated on the ground as well, done five rounds 70,000 times, I've never done it so he has all kinds of advantages on me.” [BT Sport]

Dana White On The Volkov Situation

“If that’s going to happen, let’s get these guys into England earlier. I know that we’ve been trying to get Volkov to leave Russia, and he hasn’t wanted to.” [TSN]

Full Card:

Tom Aspinall vs Alexander Volkov 

Dan Hooker vs Arnold Allen 

Paddy Pimblett vs Rodrigo Vargas 

Paul Craig vs Nikita Krylov 

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Sergei Pavlovich 

Gunnar Nelson vs Claudio Silva 

Muhammad Mokaev vs Cody Durden 

Jack Shore vs Timur Valiev 

Mike Grundy vs Makwan Amirkhani 

Molly McCann vs Luana Carolina 

Cory McKenna vs Elise Reed

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