The UFC officially announced that they will hold an event in Liverpool on May 27 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
The UFC has held 17 events in the United Kingdom.They’ll make it 18 on March 17 at UFC Fight Night when #3 ranked former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum takes on #8 ranked Alexander Volkov.
MMA scene in the UK has been on a rise with their pioneer being the former UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping.However majority of the UFC events being in London and Manchester,this would be the first time Liverpool would host an event.
Liverpool natives known as ‘Scousers’ are also making their name in MMA.However the only name which comes in mind when it comes to Liverpool MMA is of #7 ranked Welterweight Contender Darren Till.Till will headline the card in his hometown of Liverpool.The first every Scouser in UFC was veteran Terry Etim and Till is ready to carry on his legacy.
A 25 year old,undeafeated prospect in Darren Till has made his way up the rankings in a short amount of time.Till made his debut on May 30,2015 vs Wendell Oliveira. He won the fight in an impressive fashion via knockout with elbows.Till next fought on October 24 ,the fight was ruled a majority draw.
Till then took two years off due to a shoulder injury.He then returned in May 2017 and has stacked a three important victories and the last one against two time title challenger Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.(via Twitter):
It's happening!! #UFCLiverpool is official for May 27!
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 16, 2018
This victory turned many heads towards the MMA scene in Liverpool. MMA organisation Cage Warriors found tremendous success hosting events at the Echo Arena with local talent like Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann and Chris Fishgold.
As Till is the headliner of the event,potential opponents for him would be Stephen Wonderboy Thompson, Gunnar Nelson,Kamaru Nelson,Santiago Ponzinibbio, etc.(via Twitter):
Dreams do come true… pic.twitter.com/LmwfEFQ15H
— D (@darrentill2) March 16, 2018
The May 27 date was originally for Dublin, Ireland but was changed with Liverpool.UFC Liverpool was also set for February 24 however the event didn’t end up happening there.Orlando,Florida became the host for UFC card on February 24.
Apart from headliner Till,other fights have also been officially announced: Dan Kelly vs. Tom Breese and Elias Theodorou vs. Trevor Smith.