What's On


Doors open: 1pm, Saturday 26 May

Tickets are free, there is a maximum of 2 tickets per person

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The first ever UFC event in Liverpool will take place on Sunday, May 27 at Echo Arena

Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson vs Darren 'The Gorilla' Till 

– which takes place on Sunday, May 27 will see local breakthrough star Darren Till headline his very first UFC event in front of thousands of home fans at Echo Arena Liverpool.

Never before has the UFC Octagon® landed in Liverpool, May 27 will be a momentous night for the city and two local heroes.

The news was announced by No.7 ranked UFC welterweight Darren Till, one of the sport’s brightest young stars who was born and raised in Liverpool. Till is set to headline this historic card in his hometown and will face the greatest test of his career to date when he goes toe-to-toe, over five rounds, with the welterweight division's No.1 contender Stephen Thompson.

Till will share the spotlight with Molly McCann, who was also born and raised in Liverpool and is set to make her UFC debut on the night. “Meatball” McCann formally holds the Cage Warriors flyweight world title and is one of the most exciting European prospects at 125lbs.

McCann will compete once again at Echo Arena, but on this night she meets Gillian Robertson. 22-year-old Robertson appeared on UFC’s hit 2017 television series The Ultimate Fighter®: A New World Champion, and went on to make her UFC debut in December at the show’s live final, where she submitted Emily Whitmire in the very first round


Following Till’s 2017 victory over UFC veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone – which catapulted him into the top of the UFC’s 170lbs division – fans from across Liverpool have been calling for an event in their home city.

After months of speculation, Till was delighted to share the news: “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me.”

David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice President International and Content said: “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018.”

UFC has also confirmed two middleweight bouts set to feature on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LIVERPOOL card. England’s Tom Breese makes his highly anticipated return to action, stepping up to 185lbs to meet Australia’s Daniel Kelly, while Canadian fan-favourite Elias “The Spartan” Theodorou faces Trevor “Hot Sauce” Smith.



All bouts live and subject to change. Bout order TBA.

Five round main event welterweight bout

Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till

Co-main welterweight bout

Neil Magny vs. Gunnar Nelson

Middleweight bout

Daniel Kelly vs. Tom Breese

Middleweight bout

Elias Theodorou vs. Trevor Smith

Welterweight bout

Brad Scott vs. Salim Touahri

Welterweight bout

Claudio Silva vs. Nordine Taleb

Featherweight bout

Jason Knight vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Featherweight bout

Arnold Allen vs. Mads Burnell

Women’s flyweight bout

Molly McCann vs. Gillian Robertson

Women’s bantamweight bout

Gina Mazany vs. Lina Lansberg

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Maximum 2 tickets per person

Set Reminder

  • Bus

  • Car

  • Train

  • Plane

Most Liverpool city centre bound buses will call at either Queen Square bus station (a 15-minute walk) or Liverpool ONE Bus Station, which is only a five minute walk to Echo Arena.

The CityLink Route C4 bus links Queen Square bus station, James Street rail station and Liverpool ONE Bus Station to the venue. CityLink Route C4 operates every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays, between 7am – 8pm, with a maximum fare of £1 per journey. Merseytravel prepaid tickets, National Concessionary bus passes and Arriva day tickets are all valid on this service.

For up-to-date information on all bus, train and ferry services, call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33, open 8am – 8pm, 364 days a year or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk

For all car journeys it's best to follow the white on brown tourist route signs for the Waterfront. These signs are visible on the major routes into the city. Echo Arena is situated on the Kings Dock directly adjacent to the south side of the Albert Dock. Upon arrival, the Kings Dock entrance is clearly sign posted. 

From the North...

Leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to end of M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront.

From the South...

Leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for Waterfront. 

From the south...

Virgin Trains operates hourly, direct services from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (with a journey time of just over two hours). Other long-distance rail services also operate into Liverpool Lime Street station.

Echo Arena is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10 minute walk) or catch the CityLink Route C4 (7am – 8pm) directly to the venue. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street station, inclusive of the cost of your ticket.

Flying into Liverpool John Lennon Airport...

A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five minute walk of Echo Arena, while Manchester’s international airport is just 45 minutes away by car.

The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park onsite is currently closed. There is plenty of parking nearby, more information on driving to the venue and parking can be found here.

This event uses the "EchoTwo" configuration. This is a standard seating layout for EchoTwo for guidance only, as each event layout is unique, so please refer to the individual plan provided when booking your tickets online as the actual layout may differ from this image.


You can find more venue layout plans here.