As you’d expect from a UFC event being held in the UK, the vast majority of the fighters on this show are British.
A host of guys from TUF9 will be competing: Winners Ross Pearson and James Wilks as well as Nick Osipczak and Andre Winner. Of course we will also see Mike Bisping vs Denis Kang and Dan Hardy vs Dong Hyung Kim. Also making an appearance for the UK contingent will be Terry Etim and Paul Kelly. One match that I will definitely have my eye on is a welterweight match that was just announced on fighters only: Paul Taylor will be facing off against fellow UK welterweight, the undefeated John Hathaway.
The welterweight division in the UFC is stacked anyway and a LOT of the UK guys are contesting it… Daley, Hardy, Osipczak, Taylor, Hathaway and Wilks are all in there looking to break the top 10 and get in amongst the title contenders. Hardy has the best shot at this so far with his match against the undefeated (just…) Kim but Daleys chances wont be done any harm if (when :D) he beats Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 next week.
The Hathaway vs Taylor match promises to be a great scrap. Taylor always brings it – as 3 fight of the night awards will attest – and Hathaway is a supremely talented wrestler and John Joe O’Regan hit the nail on the head with his assessment of this as a classic striker vs grappler matchup.
The full fight card is as yet unconfirmed by the UFC. However so far this is shaping up to be a great looking card, especially for us UK fans!