The UFC stays in Vegas this weekend, but with six British fighters on the card, and the main card starting at 9PM BST, it will be primetime for the EMEA audience.
The headline fight sees one of the standout British fighters, Darren Till, face off in a middleweight clash against Derek Brunson.
Brunson is currently the number five ranked contender in the middleweight division, after winning his last four bouts in a row. The American holds a 22-7 record, and of those 22 wins, 15 have been finishes, 12 by knockout and three via submission. Brunson has history in wrestling; before joining the UFC he had won multiple regional accolades and tallied 121 victories throughout his high school and college career.
Darren Till is one of the most explosive fighters in the MMA. He got off to a blistering 17-0-1 start to his career which has slowed as he looks to bounce back three defeats in his last four. The Liverpudlian has before shown his elite-level pedigree, recording victories over Stephen Thompson and Kelvin Gastelum as well as a first round KO of Donald Cerrone. On the advice of his coach, Till previously spent over three years training in Brazil, and is fluent in Portuguese.
Two ranked middleweights face off, as Englishman Tom Aspinall takes on Moldovan Serghei ‘The Polar Bear’ Spivac.
Aspinall has looked unstoppable of late, notching six consecutive victories, including his first three UFC contests. Of those wins, five came by first-round finish, and his most recent victory over Andrei Arlovski, only lasted 69 seconds into round two. He has been winning in convincing fashion, which has secured him as the current number 13 ranked middleweight contender.
Since joining the UFC, Spivac holds a 4-2 record, winning his last three. This will be his third fight of the year, after he defeated Jared Vanderaa by second round KO in February, then Alexei Oleinik by decision in June. The Polar Bear holds a 13-2 record, and 11 of those wins have been finishes, five by knockout and six via submission, showing his versatility.
Brits on the card
Modestas ‘The Baltic Gladiator’ Bukauskas
Fighting out of Sarratt, England, Modestas Bukauskas is looking to bounce back and start climbing the light heavyweight division. Formerly of Cage Warriors, The Baltic Gladiator has shown his finishing capabilities, securing finishes in 10 of his 11 victories, eight by KO, two via submission. His opponent, Khalil ‘The War Horse’ Rountree, is looking for a comeback in his hometown, after going 2-3 in his last five.
Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett
Making his UFC debut on the main card, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett will look to shock the UFC with his exciting style of fighting. Known for flashy finishes and exciting fights, Pimblett holds a 16-3 record. The lightweight division is stacked, and he has a tricky first UFC opponent in Luigi ‘The Italian Stallion’ Vendramini, who is currently 1-2 in the UFC but holds a 9-2 record overall, securing finishes in all his victories, seven of which came in the first round.
Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann
Another top Liverpudlian fighter, Molly McCann is taking on Ji Yeon Kim in the flyweight division. She holds a 10-4 record and has secured four career knockout victories. Before the UFC Meatball Molly was a world champion at Cage Warriors, which made her the first Liverpudlian women to hold a major title in combat sports.
Jack ‘Tank’ Shore
Welshman Jack Shore is currently undefeated in his professional career, holding a 14-0 record. He has shown his versatility, winning four by KO and eight by submission, and in his most recent victory over Hunter Azure he won by decision. When he isn’t fighting or training, Shore streams on twitch, regularly playing WarZone. He will be facing Ukrainian, Liudvik Sholinian.