The Ultimate Fighting Championship touches down in London at the O2 this Saturday night. With a full card of fight-filled action, it promises to be an awesome night. As the resident MMA fan here at Urban Industry, I thought I’d give you the run-down on the 5 reasons you should watch UFC Fight Night 37.
1. It’s time!
Oh the pain of being a fan of sports that broadcast in different time zones! With the UFC putting on the lion’s share of its event in their Las Vegas backyard, watching events live can be a bit of struggle. I’ve attempted to stay awake for main card events that kick off at like 4am in the past but to no avail. The joy of Saturday’s event is that the main card kicks off around 8pm so no need to worry about pulling an all-nighter!
2. Free to view
While BT Sports hold the license for UFC events here in the UK, Saturday’s Fight Night will also be broadcast for free on Channel 5 (tune in at 9pm). So no dipping in your pocket for pay-per-view dollars or having to stall down to a local pub just to watch. Fridge full of beer and your feet up on your own sofa. Ideal
3. Hometown Heroes
Saturday’s card features a wealth of home-grown and European talent. In the main event, Croydon boy Jimi Manuwa takes on Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson in what should be an epic Light Heavyweight encounter. Jimi will certainly have the hometown crowd behind him but Gustafsson is coming off the back of an extraordinary title fight against current UFC champion Jon Jones
4. Stacked Card
Not to diss any previous UFC events on British soil, but Saturday’s line-up is a world class affair by all accounts. Unlike some overseas events that have been a bit lacklustre in the past, Fight Night 37 promises to be a belter. From the main card all the way down to the pre-lims this really is shaping up to be a great night for mixed martial arts here in the UK
5. Start Today
If you’ve never watched a UFC event before or if you’ve never been exposed to Mixed Martial Arts, then Saturday is a perfect place to start. Far from the brutal and thuggish stereotype that has dogged it for years, you’ll see some of the sport’s most elite athletes compete at the highest level. Octagon rules will be explained clearly beforehand and with such a varied line-up across the weight divisions, you’ll definitely get a taste for what the UFC has to offer