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UFC London main event in serious doubt as Russian Alexander Volkov could be banned from fighting because of Ukraine invasion

The UFC London main event between Alexander Volkov and Tom Aspinall is under great doubt due to the British government’s crackdown on countries complicit in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russian heavyweight Volkov faces famous British rival Aspinall at The O2 Arena every two weeks on Saturdays.

Alexander Volkov will face Tom Aspinall in the main event of UFC London

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Alexander Volkov will face Tom Aspinall in the main event of UFC London
But Volkov's involvement is in doubt after Priti Patel's latest crackdown

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But Volkov’s involvement is in doubt after Priti Patel’s latest crackdownCredit: TWITTER
Bellator's former heavyweight champion Volkov is in doubt

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Bellator’s former heavyweight champion Volkov is in doubtCredit: Getty

But card rage risks banishment as Interior Minister Priti Patel has begun canceling visas for teams and athletes from countries that have relations with Vladimir Putin illegal invasion of Ukraine.

On Saturday night, she tweeted: “I have canceled the visas of the Belarus Men’s Basketball Team who will be playing in Newcastle tomorrow night.

“The UK will not welcome national sports teams from countries complicit in Putin’s gratuitous and illegal invasion of #Ukraine.”

It is understood as the visa of the old personBellator Heavyweight champion Volkov is in danger of being recalled.

And follow MMA FightingThe UFC is closely monitoring the situation to ‘find possible solutions’.

Volkov isn’t the only Russian fighter at risk of not competing for the UFC’s first European title since November 2019.

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Timur Valiev is expected to take on Wales’ Jack Shore, while heavyweights Shamil Abdurakhimov and Sergei Pavlovich are set to take on each other.

The UFC last played in London in March 2019, with their last show before the pandemic sparked by a heavyweight clash between Liverpool’s Darren Till and fan favorite Jorge Masvidal.

The MMA the leader was scheduled to return to London in March 2020 but was forced to unplug six days before the night of the fighting because of Covid.

UFC bigwig White Dana are enjoying the promotion’s long-awaited return to the UK, one of the organization’s biggest markets.

“Every time we hold an event in London it was an unbelievable experience.

“The fans are amazing, and the fights are always off the charts.

“It’s a different kind of energy in the UK. And I can’t wait to get back there with the battle card on March 19.”

UFC's Supremo Dana White is enjoying the London return of the promotion

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UFC’s Supremo Dana White is enjoying the London return of the promotionCredit: Getty

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