Heavyweight Tom Aspinall makes his long-awaited comeback from injury as he faces Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Fight Night 225.
The British star will return to action for the first time since suffering a knee injury 15 seconds into his main event fight against Curtis Blaydes in London last year.
Despite returning from a serious injury, Aspinall has been given a credible opponent for his return, with Tybura only five places behind him in the rankings.
Before his injury, Aspinall had won eight fights in a row, and he will need to come through a tough encounter to have the confidence in his body for bigger fights down the line.
Fellow Brit Molly McCann will also make her return, as she fights Julija Stoliarenko at flyweight. The Liverpudlian suffered a frustrating defeat in her last outing, as she lost by submission to Erin Blanchfield.
Before that defeat at UFC 281, McCann had won three fights on the spin, and she is 1/4 to return to winning ways, while Stoliarenko is classed as the outsider.
|UFC Fight Night 225
|02 Arena, London
|22:30, Saturday 22nd July 2023
|How to watch
|BT Sport (TNT Sports)
|Tom Aspinall 1/4, Marcin Tybura 3/1
The card is scheduled to take place on Saturday 22nd July 2023.
The preliminary card is expected to get under way at 17:00, with the main card due to commence three hours later. Aspinall and Tybura are expected to start their walk to the octagon at around 22:30.
UFC Fight Night 225 will take place at the 02 Arena in London. The UFC will return to London just four months after Leon Edwards beat Kamaru Usman to retain his welterweight crown.
Both of Edwards' last two fights took place at the iconic venue. He won Performance of the Night in March 2022 when he submitted Alexander Volkov before he was unable to continue during his clash with Curtis Blaydes in July 2022.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main card will be available to watch on BT Sport (TNT Sports).
No. Neither Aspinall nor Tybura hold a title, but both men will have aspirations of fighting for one in the future.
American Jones remains the heavyweight champion, but he has the likes of Sergei Pavlovich, Ciryl Gane, Stipe Miocic, Blaydes, and Aspinall chasing him in the top five of the rankings.
Tai Tuivasa, Volkov, Serghei Spivac, Jailton Almeida and Tybura round off the top 10 in the rankings, and consecutive wins against top-10 fighters may earn either Aspinall or Tybura a shot at a world title.
15 fights, 12 wins (9KOs), 3 defeats.
31 fights, 24 wins (9KOs), 7 defeats.
Molly McCann v Julija Stoliarenko
Nathaniel Wood v Andre Fili
Paul Craig v Andre Muniz
Jai Herbert v Fares Ziam
Lerone Murphy v Joshua Culibao
Davey Grant v Daniel Marcos
Danny Roberts v Jonny Parsons
Marc Diakiese v Joel Alvarez
Mick Parkin v Jamal Pogues
Makhmud Muradov v Bryan Barberena
Ketlen Vieira v Pannie Kianzad
Chris Duncan v Yanal Ashmouz
Shauna Bannon v Bruna Brasil
Jafel Filho v Daniel Barez