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UFC announces September stop in Nottingham, England

UFC President Dana White will head to Nottingham, England with his group of “merry men” this fall for a card at the Capital FM Arena. It is currently unknown whether the event will involve a PPV or play out on Fuel TV/FX.

The UFC confirmed news of the September 29 show earlier today. While no headliner was announced, two match-ups were also revealed for the lineup with each seeing a Brit involved in action.

In a battle of bantamweights, Brad Pickett (21-6) will take on Yves Jabouin (18-6). “One Punch” Pickett is 4-2 under the Zuffa banner including wins over Demetrious Johnson, Ivan Menjivar, and most recently Damacio Page, while Jabouin is a striker by trade with eleven TKOs to his credit and a trio of consecutive wins in his last three outings.

Meanwhile, lightweight Ultimate Fighter alumni are also set to scrap in the form of Andy Ogle-Akira Corassani. Ogle, who appeared on the most recent season, was promised a chance to compete in England after an injury kept him off the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. He holds an 8-1 record with wins in his last seven appearances. Comparably, Corassani is 9-3 but hasn’t fought since his time on TUF 14.

Nottingham products Paul Sass and Dan Hardy are also expected to be added to the card’s lineup at some point.


  • Rece Rock says:

    They will need to find another gift wrapped fight for Hardy.

  • MCM says:

    I still don’t see how you can say Bang was a gift.

    I also think Hardy should be fighting guys like Matt Brown or Seth Baczynski, but he’s still a pretty big name, especially in England. So give him a guy with some momentum… Mike Pyle.
    I know Pyle has won 5 of his last 6, but two of those guys are retired and one is winless in 3 UFC fights. Pyle also holds that upset win over Hathoway in England so they can work that angle.

  • Rece Rock says:

    It was a given Bang was going to stand and trade with Hardy… Bang was coming off a loss and really hasn’t had a big win in quite some time… who has bang beat recently that makes him a threat… ? He decisioned Amir Sadollah and a TUF left over in Osipczak?

    I think we can all honestly say we knew Hardy was winning that fight before they even touched gloves.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ludwig was a favorable matchup for Hardy, but hardly a gift wrapped win. Considering Hardy was coming off 4 straight losses, that saw him lose in a variety of ways including KO, I wasn’t taking anything for granted with the Ludwig fight.

    And while I love the suggested Hardy-Pyle matchup, I don’t agree with the largely dismissive comments towards Pyle’s recent run. He thorougly dominated Hathaway, who was coming off a dominant victory his last time out over Diego Sanchez. That was an extremely impressive performance by Kyle, in what is still Hathaway’s only professional loss in 17 bouts to date. Almeida was never a world beater but that was a pretty solid victory nonetheless. And Neer is a tough veteran fighter who was riding a 6-fight winning streak before Pyle dropped him this past weekend.

    Pyle seems like a legit gatekeeper (which is a compliment for the vast majority of fighters out there). I think the Hardy matchup would work well and I’d pick Pyle to win.


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