The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in London, England this Saturday (March 18, 2017) for the ninth time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 107: Manuwa vs. Anderson. The 13-fight card will be streamed live in entirety on UFC Fight Pass, with preliminary action kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET and main card action getting underway at 5 p.m. Opening betting odds for UFC Fight Night 107 were released by MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas on Monday. If interested in wagering on any bouts for this fight card, all betting lines are available at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Getting the action started for the UFC Fight Night 107 main card on UFC Fight Pass will be a barn-burner in the featherweight division between England’s own Arnold Allen and Finland’s Makwan Amirkhani. Allen is 2-0 inside the Octagon with a third round guillotine choke win over Alan Omer and a unanimous decision over Yaotzin Meza. Meanwhile, Amirkhani rides a three fight winning streak in the UFC with a pair of first round finishes and a unanimous decision win over another Brit in Mike Wilkinson his last time out, which came just over a year ago in February of 2016. Both 145-pounders have been sidelined for quite a bit of their Octagon careers and hope to have a big 2017, starting with an impressive performance to kick off Saturday’s main card in London. Next up on the evening’s main card will be veteran Brad Pickett’s farewell bout, as he takes on Marlon Vera, who is taking this bout on short notice, replacing an injured Henry Briones. Pickett is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Urijah Faber three months ago in what was Faber’s retirement bout. The Brit hopes to end his skid and go out on top with a big W over “Chito” on Saturday. Vera last saw action at UFC Fight Night 101 just over three months ago, where he scored a unanimous decision win over Ning Guangyou in a featherweight contest. He will drop back down to 135-pounds for this bout and aims to make it two straight wins for himself inside the Octagon in what will arguably be the stiffest test of his professional mixed martial arts career. The co-main event is the most highly anticipated bout on the entire fight card and sees Icelandic submission ace Gunnar Nelson take on Californian knockout artist Alan Jouban in what could be the frontrunner for ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. Nelson and Jouban are both fan favorites, so this is a pairing that has everybody excited. Both of these welterweights will be seeking their 16th professional victory in this contest when they step foot into Octagon this Saturday. The headliner for UFC Fight Night 107 in London will be a light heavyweight contest scheduled for five rounds between England’s own Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa and Mark Henry-product Corey Anderson, who trains out of New Jersey and will be traveling to enemy territory across the pond for the bout against the Brit. Manuwa is coming off a second round knockout of Ovince St. Preux last October and looks to build on the victory against Anderson, who also looks for his second straight victory following a second round TKO of Salt Lake City’s Sean O’Connell. This will be the first UFC main event bout for Manuwa, as well as Anderson, and both 205-pounders will aim to deliver a victory in impressive fashion.
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