UFC London is set with its own main and co-main event. The card takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England, and my thoughts about both new high-profile spells added into the card are under.
Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal, UFC Fight Night 147
An exciting welterweight matchup between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal is defined as the headlining five-round fight at UFC Fight Night 147. ESPN broke the information. Till (17-1-1) is 5-1-1 overall in the UFC and in his last bout suffered his first career loss by entry to winner Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. Till is still one of the most well-known fighters in the division, and all of Europe, so despite the loss he always made a lot of sense to headline this card at London. He flirted with the idea of moving up to middleweight but decided to remain at welterweight to get his hands on Masvidal, who stylistically should wear a fantastic struggle against Till. Masvidal (32-13) is 9-6 overall from the UFC and hasn’t fought as a 2017 decision loss to Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson. He hasn’t really won a fight in almost two years because a TKO win over Donald Cerrone, but is still obviously a dangerous and skilled fighter. Masvidal was presumed to fight Nick Diaz at UFC 235, but that fight fizzled and he’ll now take on forever.
I’m anticipating a very competitive struggle between Till and Masvidal, however given that he’s from England and considering all the betting support he generally gets, I totally anticipate forever to be the preferred here. I really do think it’s a close fight but would definitely be interested in Masvidal if he’s available at a plus amount.
Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson, UFC Fight Night 147
At the same time, a welterweight bout between contenders Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson will function as co-main occasion of UFC Fight Night 147. Edwards (16-3) is 8-2 in the UFC and is riding a quiet six-fight win streak at the moment with a decision win over Donald Cerrone in his final outing. He’s quietly developed to one of the best welterweights in the UFC, but was waiting to get his hands on a top-10 opponent. He has finally found a taker in the kind of Nelson, who’s coming from a massive win over Alex Oliveira in UFC 231. Nelson (17-3-1) spanned a 1.5 years layoff to the Oliveira fight but absolutely dominated him to get one of the biggest wins of his UFC career up to now. He has never climbed to the championship level that lots of observers of the sport expected he at one point in time, but he has nonetheless proven himself to be a solid fighter in 170lbs, and the win over Oliveira revealed just how good he’s at his finest.
This seems like a different competitive struggle. Edwards has proven a well-rounded game in his last couple of fights but Nelson is obviously an incredibly-dangerous finisher and is coming off of a large win. Depending on the recent triumph over Oliviera I’d suppose Nelson is pegged as the favorite here, but I think Edwards could possess a good deal of dangers in what should be a really close fight.
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