Global Warrior Challenge will hold its first event, titled The British Invasion: U.S. vs. U.K., this Saturday, June 29, from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The event will feature many recognizable MMA veterans, and some of Europe’s top names will travel across the pond to challenge Americans who are looking to defend their home turf.

Among the stand-out bouts are Kevin Asplund vs. Oli Thompson, Drew Fickett vs. Andre Winner, Ricco Rodriguez vs. Marcin Lazarz,. There are also such notable names as Kendall Grove, L.C. Davis and late addition Bobby Lashley.

A full preview and predictions of the event, which airs on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET, is provided below.

Kevin Asplund (15-5) vs. Oli Thompson (10-5)

Kevin Asplund steps in on short notice in one of the feature bouts on the card, taking on former UFC competitor Oli Thompson.

Asplund is stepping back in the cage after competing at Titan Fighting Championship 25 on June 7, where he suffered a second-round submission loss to Bobby Lashley. After compiling a 15-fight winning streak, “Concrete” has lost his last four fights, putting him in a must-win situation to turn his career back around.

Thompson, who was released by the UFC in 2012 after back-to-back losses to Shawn Jordan and Phil De Fries, has resorted to fighting in Europe, going 1-1 in his most recent bouts. The Englishman also desperately needs a victory on Saturday if he wants to make a run towards another UFC opportunity.

Asplund has shown he isn’t strong in the grappling department, which is where Thompson excels. Thompson should earn the win by submitting his opponent midway through the fight.

Drew Fickett (42-19) vs. Andre Winner (14-7-1)

Two lightweights square off on the main card when veteran Drew Fickett takes on The Ultimate Fighter season-nine finalist Andre Winner.

When you think of a fighter who has had many ups and downs in his career, Fickett has to be at the top of the list. “Night Rider” has had many lengthy winning streaks in his career with impressive victories—he has defeated the likes of Josh Neer, Josh Koscheck, and Kurt Pellegrino in his time with the UFC—but he has lost five of his last six fights dating back to 2011. In all of those recent defeats, Fickett has been finished by knockout or submission in the first round, so it appears durability is playing a factor for the 33-year-old, who has had 61 career fights.

England’s Winner won two fights since losing to Ross Pearson in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter, but his time with the UFC went downhill from there after he lost three straight. In this match-up, Winner will be the more athletic fighter, which will play a key role in putting pressure on Fickett.

Winner will hand Fickett yet another loss by way of TKO.

Bobby Lashley (8-2) vs. Matthew Larson (2-2)

Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley steps into this card on late notice, but has another grand opportunity to earn a win inside the MMA ring against Matthew Larson.

Lashley last defeated Kevin Asplund by submission earlier this month, but he didn’t use a lot of energy in that win, which allows for him to make the quick turnaround and step up for this event. Everyone knows what Lashley wants to do, which is take his opponent to the ground with a takedown and look for a submission. If that doesn’t come, “The Dominator” has the ability to use ground-and-pound to secure a victory.

Larson started his amateur career by winning two fights, but has gone 2-2 since turning pro. His two wins came via submission, but he will likely find himself on his back in this fight.

This fight will go the way of Lashley, who will submit Larson in the first round.

Ricco Rodriguez (51-19) vs. Marcin Lazarz (5-1)

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will fight for the third time this year against Marcin Lazarz.

Rodriguez has had his share of bumps in the road both in and out of the cage. “Suave” has gone through a few losing streaks over the course of his career and was arrested for a DUI charge this past March. But recently, Rodriguez has won three of his last four fights and is in a good position to add another.

Lazarz, of Poland, began his professional career 5-0 before losing to Max Nunes in March. Lazarz is a well-rounded fighter, but the experience disadvantage in this fight could impact him.

Rodriguez submits Lazarz in the opening round.

Kendall Grove (17-13) vs. Danny Mitchell (12-3-1)

Kendall Grove was once considered a possible contender in the UFC middleweight division after winning the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, but losses continued to add up and led to his release from the promotion. “Da Spyder” bounced back to win five fights in a span of two years, but has lost his last three bouts.

Danny Mitchell not only has one of the best nicknames in mixed martial arts, but has also won his last three fights. “The Cheesecake Assassin,” who is just 26 years old, finished all three of his opponents in those bouts.

Grove would be the safe pick here, but an upset could very well occur. Mitchell edges out Grove by decision.

L.C. Davis (19-5) vs. James Saville (11-5)

Former WEC fighter L.C. Davis will get the opportunity to fight in his hometown of Kansas City against James Saville.

The 32-year-old Davis is 3-1 since his WEC days and has won his last three fights by TKO. The goal of Davis at this point has to be to get to the UFC, and he could have a chance if he continues to rack up wins.

On the opposite side of the cage will be 22-year-old James Saville of England. After a six-fight winning streak, Saville has struggled in his last three outings, going 1-2. He is looking to pick up the biggest win of his career against Davis.

Davis should get the victory here as Saville takes a step up in competition. Davis finishes Saville by TKO or submission.

Wayne Cole (16-19) vs. Jack Marshman (11-2)

Jack Marshman was expected to fight Ivan Salaverry, but instead will meet replacement Wayne Cole.

Marshman is known for being the first BAMMA British middleweight champion, but he fell short against Tom Watson for the BAMMA world title. This will be the 23-year-old’s first time fighting in the United States, so jitters could come into play for Marshman.

To say Cole needs a win would be an understatement. Cole has lost his last seven fights, all by way of knockout or submission. Something else to note: Cole has been knocked out 12 times in his career, so it could be an early exit of the Oklahoma City native.

Even with Marshman stepping into a new environment, he will make quick work of Cole in the first round.

Justin Davis (13-10) vs. Max Nunes (10-0)

Former Strikeforce and XFC veteran Justin Davis will return to the cage to meet undefeated Max Nunes.

Davis hasn’t fought since 2011, so expect some ring rust once he competes on Saturday. Much like many of the fighters competing, Davis needs a win if his plan is to return to competing full-time.

One of the most promising guys on this card is Nunes. Fighting out of Sweden, he has finished every opponent put in front of him, including a TKO win over Marcin Lazarz in his last bout.

Have to go with the 24-year-old Nunes here to earn his 11th victory, building up his stock even more.

Jake Heun (5-2) vs. Dayman Lake (3-3)

Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun will make his third appearance of the year, taking on Dayman Lake.

While training out of American Top Team, Heun has won his last three fights and is a solid fighter at just 25 years old. Heun will likely be looking for the knockout here to impress in the new promotion.

Lake is trying to get his record over .500, but this isn’t a good match-up for him, as he travels from England to Kansas City. Heun will take down “Godzilla” and win by TKO.

Colby Covington (2-0) vs. Michael Johnson (8-5)

American Top Team product Colby Covington will take on Michael Johnson.

Covington is a former wrestler from Oregon State University and appears to be a promising prospect at just 25 years old. Against Johnson, Covington will use his wrestling to earn a takedown that will lead to a submission win.

Tony Hervey (15-14) vs. Jake Murphy (5-2, 1 NC)

Veteran Tony Hervey will step up to take on Jake Murphy in a lightweight clash.

Hervey has faced his share of quality opponents over his career, but has yet to impress with a lackluster record. On the other hand, Murphy has won his last three fights since losing to Phillipe Nover, and he should add a fourth to that string of wins.

Murphy earns a unanimous decision over Hervey.

Photo: Oli Thompson (right) vs. Karol Bedorf (Piotr Pedziszewski/Sherdog)

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