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Five bouts announced for UFC Fight Night: London, including Brad Pickett’s retirement fight

UFC on FOX 22 photos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC officially announced five bouts for its return to London’s O2 Arena on March 18, including Brad Pickett’s retirement fight against Enrique Briones.

Pickett (25-13) recently faced Urijah Faber in Faber’s retirement bout in Sacramento, losing via unanimous decision and dropping to 1-5 in his last six UFC fights.

Briones (16-6-1), a former TUF: Latin America contestant, is 1-2 in the UFC, including a decision loss to current bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. The 36-year-old fighter stopped his opponent in 14 of his 16 MMA wins.

UFC Fight Night 107 will also feature a lightweight clash between Marc Diakiese and Teemu Packalen, a pair of middleweight bouts featuring Tom Breese vs. Oluwale Bamgbose and Bradley Scott vs. Scott Askham, and a rematch between light heavyweights Darren Stewart and Francimar Barroso.

Diakiese (11-0) looks to improve his perfect MMA record after scoring a pair of UFC wins over Frankie Perez and Lukasz Sajewski, while Packalen (8-1) returns to action a year after his 24-second submission over Thibault Gouti in London.

Breese (10-1) moves up to 185 pounds after suffering the first loss of his MMA career, a split decision against Sean Strickland in June, while Bamgbose (6-2) tries to recover from a defeat to Cezar Ferreira, dropping to 1-2 in the UFC.

Scott (10-4) and Askham (14-3) bounced between wins and losses since making their Octagon debuts, with both athletes holding 2-3 UFC records ahead of their clash in London. Both fighters haven’t been finished under the UFC banner.

Stewart (7-0, 1 NC) and Barroso (18-5, 1 NC) fought each other last November, and the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission overturned Stewart’s first-round TKO victory to a no-contest due to an unintentional headbutt.

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