UFC 120 features the promotion’s top three British stars, including Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, and John Hathaway.
Bisping (19-3) is riding high after a win over Dan Miller in May. He squares off with Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-2), who is trying to bounce back from a recent loss to Chris Leben at UFC 116. Bisping vs. Akiyama will serve as the evening’s main event.
Hardy (23-7) is rebounding from a failed attempt to wrest the UFC welterweight championship from Georges St-Pierre in March. He is still one of the most popular fighters in Britain and will carry the support of his country with him into the co-main event against Carlos Condit.
Condit (25-5) is a former WEC welterweight champion, holding that belt until his weight category was merged into the UFC. He stumbled in his Octagon debut, falling to now-middleweight contender Martin Kampmann, but is currently on a two-fight winning streak.
Hathaway (14-0) flew under the radar into the UFC’s lightweight ranks, emerging into the spotlight with his UFC 114 victory over Diego Sanchez. Pyle (19-7-1), his opponent, has been on a bumpy path in the Octagon, going 2-2 since his debut at UFC 98.
“We have three of the very best British fighters to ever put on a pair of gloves, all in hugely significant matches, all on the same card,” stated UFC U.K. Division President Marshall Zelaznik.
“At only 22, Hathaway has established himself as someone to really look out for in the welterweight division after dominating Diego Sanchez, but Mike Pyle couldn’t care less about the hype. Dan Hardy was a national hero in the U.K. already, but I think he won an army of American fans by his display of courage against Georges St-Pierre, but now faces a fighter with the same ‘never-say-die’ attitude in Carlos Condit. And Bisping fights are always magical occasions in England, but in Akiyama, he may be in for his toughest test yet.”
Tickets for UFC 120 will go on sale to UFC Fight Club members at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, UFC Newsletter subscribers and O2 subscribers will get their chance from 10 a.m. on Friday, July 23, before tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday.