The UFC will be making its return to London this Saturday when top welterweight contenders Darren “The Gorilla” Till and Jorge “Gambred” Masvidal square off in the main event.
Till, currently ranked No. 3, is coming off a second-round submission loss to former champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley at UFC 228 in September. Till (17-1-1) made his UFC debut in May 2015 against Wendell Oliveira and finished him by TKO in the second round.
Till was given a big opportunity to fight longtime UFC veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs Till in October 2017. Till knocked Cowboy out in the first round.
Till then fought two-time title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy” Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Till in May 2018. Till defeated Thompson by unanimous decision, and then challenged Woodley for his title.
Till will be looking to get back on track this Saturday in front of his own England crowd.
Masvidal, currently ranked No. 11, will be looking to spoil Till’s return to England. Masvidal (32-13) was last seen at UFC 217 in a losing effort to Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision and hasn’t fought since. Masvidal is currently on a two-fight losing streak to Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson. Masvidal holds wins over some of the best fighters in the world, including Cerrone, Ross Pearson, and Michael Chiesa.
Both Till and Masvidal will be looking to get back to their winning ways and both will be looking to make a statement.
In the co-main event, England’s own Leon “Rocky” Edwards will try to continue his rise to the top of the welterweight division with a win over Iceland’s Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson.
Edwards, currently ranked No. 10, is riding an impressive six-fight winning streak over the likes of Vicente Luque, Bryan Barberena, and, most recently, Cerrone. Edwards (16-3) is considered to be the dark horse of the division and with a win over someone like Nelson, he’ll definitely get the attention he’s been seeking.
Nelson, currently ranked No. 13, came back this past December from a year long layoff to submit Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in the second round after landing a devastating elbow that cut Oliveria badly on the forehead and later admitted he tapped out due to the elbow, not the rear naked choke Nelson (17-3-1) had on him. Thirteen of Nelson’s 17 wins are by submission, nine coming in the very first round. Nelson will most likely be looking to improve to 14 submissions with 10 coming in the first round this Saturday.
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