dUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business this afternoon (Sat., March 18, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 107: "Manuwa vs. Anderson," which takes place inside The O2 in London, England, airing live online via Fight Pass. The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card, headlined by a Light Heavyweight showdown between Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson, will also feature a Welterweight showdown between Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson.
What UFC is on tonight? UFC Fight Night 107: “Manuwa vs. Anderson”
Who is fighting tonight at UFC Fight Night 107? Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson is the main event.
When does UFC Fight Night 107 start? Today (Sat., March 18, 2017) beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Where will UFC Fight Night 107 take place? The O2 in London, England.
How can I watch UFC Fight Night 107? UFC Fight Pass main card start time at 5 p.m. ET. "Prelims" undercard start time at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.
Where can I get UFC Fight Night 107 updates and results? Get full play-by-play coverage and live updates here!
Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson will both look to score back-to-back victories after defeating Ovince Saint Preux and Sean O’Connell, respectively, in their last outing. While the bout doesn’t exactly raise my excitement levels through the roof, I get why the promotion is trying to bank on Manuwa’s hometown fandom to headline the event. Plus, if he can score another spectacular knockout, he can inch himself closer to proving he can indeed sleep Jon Jones.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
Brad Pickett was set to Henry Briones, but “One Punch” was re-booked to face Marlon Vera after Briones had to bow out with an injury. Also Lina Lansberg had her opponent switched after Veronica Macedo bowed out of the event. Lansberg remained on the card to face newcomer Lucie Pudilova.
Briones and the aforementioned Macedo were the only two combatants kicked off the card because of the injury bug (until this and this happened earlier today).
Pudilova will bring her three-fight win streak into the Octagon as she makes her debut against Lansberg, who was last seen getting beatdown by Cris Cyborg last September. I’m sure Lucie would’ve like more time to prepare for her Octagon debut, but when opportunities knocks, you answer.
How The “Prelims” Look:
There’s nothing to get excited too much for, but Brett Johns looks to stay on the winning track to show that he is indeed one of the most-highly touted prospects in the game today when he meets Ian Enwsitle, who failed to make weight (and was actually scratched from the card altogether this morning). Furthermore, Joseph Duffy looks to go into free agency on a high note as he gears up to face Reza Madadi.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Call me crazy, but i think Joseph Duffy needs a win in the worst way. After all, this will be his last fight under his current contract, and he if wants the promotion — or perhaps another one like Bellator — to show him the money, he needs to wow, impress and pick up the all-important “W” Reza Madadi.
Interest Level: 6/10
I try not to be too critical most of the time when I do these previews, but this card simply doesn’t make sense. The main event features Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson, two combatants — though entertaining to watch and skilled -- are nowhere near title contention despite their Top 10 rankings. And while not all main event bouts are title fights or title eliminators, for that matter, this fight, to me, doesn’t have anything really attached to it. No beef, no rivalry, no stakes high enough to get me excited. It just doesn’t scream headlining status. Don’t get me wrong, it would be a good fight on the main card ... but not a main event. I get it, it’s on Fight Pass, but for the fight fans going to see the bout in person, I’m sure even they are finding it hard to get excited.
Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson should be a very competitive match, while the hometown crowned anxiously awaits to see if Pickett can end his MMA career on a high note.
Full UFC Fight Night 107 fight card:
UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass Main Event:
205 lbs.: Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson
UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass Main Card (5 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Alan Jouban vs. Gunnar Nelson
135 lbs.: Brad Pickett vs. Marlon Vera
145 lbs.: Arnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani
UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass Prelims (1:30 p.m.):
155 lbs.: Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi
205 lbs.: Francimar Barroso vs. Darren Stewart
265 lbs.: Timothy Johnson vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
155 lbs.: Marc Diakiese vs. Teemu Packalen
170 lbs.: Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Tom Breese
170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque
135 lbs.: Brett Johns vs. Ian Entwistle
185 lbs.: Scott Askham vs. Brad Scott
135 lbs.: Lina Lansberg vs. Lucie Pudilova
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