Fighter hotel for UFC Fight Night 107 evacuated after fire alarm

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fire alarms sounded in UFC Fight Night 107 host hotel Hilton Canary Wharf at about 11:00 p.m. on Friday night. The smell of smoke reportedly rose as high as the 10th floor, and the building was evacuated.

Reporter Simon Head was on hand and had a word with a number of fighters and figures.


Transcription via Abbey Subhan and Simon Head for MMAjunkie. Fighter reactions varied from the upset to the nonchalant. UK lightweight Marc Diakiese was asked if he alarm caused him any alarm.

“Nah,” he replied. “I was downstairs, so I just walked out.”

Other reactions were less calm.

Bantamweight Brett Johns:
“I’m very, very, very frustrated. I’d like to go to bed before my UFC fight tomorrow, but obviously I’ve got to wait, so I’m quite annoyed, really.”

UFC middleweight Scott Askham:
“As soon as you got into the fire escape, you could smell smoke. I don’t know what floor, but you could smell smoke coming down the fire exit. I would imagine it’s going to be a long time before we’re allowed back in. The only plus side, I suppose, is at least the opponent’s in the same boat.”

SBG Ireland head coach Kavanagh, who is coaching both Gunnar Nelson and Makwan Amirkhani on Saturday:
“I turned the corner and saw what I thought was an ambulance. And for some reason, in my head I thought, ‘Gunnar or Makwan’s opponent is sick.’ I was sure of it. I was like, ‘Ah, we’ve lost a fight.’ But then I heard it’s a fire and I was like, ‘Oh, OK. It’s not too serious.”

Kavanagh joked that Amirkhani was not staying at the hotel so he was the likely culprit, and joked that the Icelandic Nelson would be unruffled by the cold London night.

“For him, this is probably summertime temperatures,” quipped Kavanagh. “He’s probably building an igloo somewhere.”