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UFC Fight Night 127 video preview: The history of MMA in England

After a weekend off, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be back in business on Mar. 17 for UFC Fight Night 127 live on Fight Pass from inside The O2 Arena in London, England, as former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum takes on rising Russian contender Alexander Volkov.

In addition to the main event, light heavyweight knockout artist Jimi Manuwa will try to get back into the win column when he takes on Polish submission expert Jan Blachowicz in the co-headliner. Notable European prospects Tom Duquesnoy, Leon Edwards, Stevie Ray, and Danny Roberts will also take center stage.

As a prelude to UFC Fight Night 127, the promotion has released the latest and greatest episode of “UFC Connected,” which can been seen above in its entirety. This time around, combat journalist Nick Peet gives fight fans a behind-the-scenes look at the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) in England. From Michael Bisping’s rise to prominence to Ian Freeman’s heavyweight battle with Frank Mir at UFC 38 in London, Peet explores England’s effect on MMA over the years.

Only time will tell if UFC Fight Night 127 adds any memorable action to the timeline. With notable finishers like Werdum, Volkov, Manuwa, and Duquesnoy scheduled to compete, it’s likely that England gets its money’s worth.

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