UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov goes down on Saturday 17th March at The O2 Arena in London, England. Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabrício Werdum will meet Alexander “Drago” Volkov in the main event. Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum is currently 3-1 since losing the heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in 2016. Werdum (23-7-1) is looking to get back into title contention after picking up wins against Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura in his last two bouts.
Former M-1 and Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov is currently #8 in the UFC heavyweight rankings. Volko was awarded Fight of the Night and $50,000 in bonus money for his last fight against Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night: Rotterdam. The Russian stopped Struve in the third round via TKO last September.
Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa will rematch Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event. Manuwa defeated Blachowicz via unanimous decision in 2015. All of Manuwa’s previous wins had come via knockout or submission. Manuwa (17-3) scored a stunning knockout against Corey Anderson in London last year and earned himself Performance of the Night. The former UCMMA light heavyweight champion was finished in 42 seconds by Volkan Oezdemir in his next bout at UFC 214.
Former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz is 4-4 since joining the UFC in 2014. The Polish fighter rebounded from a loss to Patrick Cummins early last year to go on a two-fight winning streak against Devin Clark and Jared Cannonier. Blachowicz submitted Devin Clark with a rear-naked choke in Poland and earned himself Performance of the Night.
UFC Fight Night London Main Card
Heavyweight: Fabrício Werdum vs. Alexander Volkov
Light Heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Błachowicz
Bantamweight: Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware
Welterweight: Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
UFC Fight Night London Preliminary Card
Middleweight: John Phillips vs. Charles Byrd
Welterweight: Danny Roberts vs. Oliver Enkamp
Welterweight: Jack Marshman vs. Brad Scott
Featherweight: Danny Henry vs. Hakeem Dawodu
Light Heavyweight: Paul Craig vs. Magomed Ankalaev
Heavyweight: Mark Godbeer vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
Lightweight: Alex Reyes vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Lightweight: Kajan Johnson vs. Stevie Ray