UFC Fight Night 37 is all set with a card full of intriguing bouts, taking place in London, England as the UFC’s tour of Europe is well under way. On the main card are four interesting match-ups with future divisional implications, with four of the eight main card fighters already being ranked in their respective divisions.
To open the main card, Gunnar Nelson looks to continue his promising start against Russian Sambo specialist Omari Akhmedov, who won his UFC debut in impressive style with a counter knockout over Thiago Perpetuo. Nelson is well-known for his world class jiu-jitsu and black belt karate, but faces a tough task in Akhmedov who is a powerful hitter with a serious chin on him.
Brad Pickett makes his flyweight debut against short notice newcomer Neil Seery in an intriguing battle between two veterans of the lighter weight classes. Pickett is currently ranked #6 at bantamweight and is one of only two fighters to have defeated current 125lbs champion Demetrious Johnson. He will hope to announce himself as a force to be reckoned with at flyweight with a win over the Irishman.
Michael Johnson has stepped in to face Melvin Guillard, with the two former training partners set to go blow-for-blow in an intriguing lightweight tilt. Johnson has a ton of momentum behind him after looking hugely impressive in performances against Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau, and looks to be improving every time he steps into the Octagon. Guillard isn’t one to sleep on, however, with some of the mostly deadly and explosive power in the lightweight division and a ton of athleticism.
And in the main event, the big one – Alexander Gustafsson will hope to get another shot at Jon Jones after their exhilarating battle at UFC 165, but faces a man hoping to upset the Swede in hometown favourite Jimi Manuwa. Though Manuwa is unbeaten as a professional and has won his first three fight in the UFC, Gustafsson is a considerable favourite and is ranked #1 at 205lbs. Can Gustafsson pass the test and hand Manuwa his first loss, or will the Brit upset the favourite and stake his claim as a top contender for Jones’s belt?
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