Last Saturday night at the O2 Arena, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to London for the first time in three years – and what a card it turned out to be. It was full of world class finishes and absolute wars from top to bottom, with both the prelims and the main card delivering in a way few could’ve anticipated.
Dana White was there in attendance to witness the 17,000+ strong crowd giving their full support to the 24 athletes who competed. In addition to that, White was also joined by a few guests at cageside – including Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua.
Hearn, in particular, has noted in the past that he’s intrigued by mixed martial arts even if he doesn’t entirely understand it. So, when the opportunity came to see it up close and personal, he took it.
In an appearance on the DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn said he spoke with White about the possibility of the UFC putting on a stadium show in the UK given how successful UFC London was.
“There’s a lot more skill to it than a fight fan would think. I found it quite fascinating.
“He was saying, ‘All these Brits are winning, but we might have to come back in the summer.”
“I was talking about stadiums here, we had two Scousers – we have Anfield.
“He was educating me about the fighters and also during the fight, ‘See the hold, he can’t breathe.’
“You can never be too naive to think you can’t watch and learn. You know my ego can get out of control but he’s a legendary promoter, Dana White.”
How likely is UFC Anfield?
Dana White has already confirmed that the promotion plans on returning to the UK later this year but in his post-fight press conference, he also hinted that it’ll probably be an arena show as that’s often his preference due to the atmosphere.
Still, with northern stars Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann and Tom Aspinall all picking up big finishes, a stadium show may eventually be inevitable given the demand for tickets.