On Saturday, March 17, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the O2 Arena in London, England, for UFC Fight Night 127: Werdum vs. Volkov.
The main event features perennial top-five heavyweight Fabricio Werdum against the surging Alexander Volkov. Werdum has won three out of his last four fights. The Brazilian seems primed to finally receive a rematch with Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title, but only if he gets past Volkov. This will not be an easy task. The Russian is undefeated in his three-fight UFC career, with wins over the likes of Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve. Volkov is also a former Bellator heavyweight champion, so he is definitely more than just a stepping stone for Werdum to finally receive another title shot.
The co-headliner is an actual rematch. Jimi Manuwa and Jan Błachowicz run it back from their first meeting in 2015. Manuwa is coming off a first-round knockout loss to former light heavyweight title contender Volkan Oezdemir, but he is still very much in the mix in the title conversation for a shallow 205-pound division. Manuwa edged out Błachowicz on the scorecards in their first meeting. Błachowicz will seek retribution on Saturday night.
The preliminary card begins at 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 17, on UFC Fight Pass. The main card follows at 5 p.m. ET. Check back following the event for the full results.
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Above is live video of the event’s post-fight press conference which kicks off approximately 30 minutes after the main event between Werdum and Volkov comes to a close (courtesy of the UFC).