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, along with my thoughts on both new high-profile bouts added to the card are under.
Darren Until Armour Jorge Masvidal, UFC Fight Night 147
An intriguing welterweight matchup between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal is defined since the headlining five-round battle at UFC Fight Night 147. ESPN broke the news. Till (17-1-1) is 5-1-1 overall at the UFC and in his last bout suffered his first career loss by submission to winner Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. Until remains among the most well-known fighters in the branch, and all of Europe, so regardless of the reduction he always made a great deal of awareness to headline this card in London. He flirted with the idea of going up to middleweight but chose to stay at welterweight to receive his hands on Masvidal, who stylistically should wear a good struggle against Till. Masvidal (32-13) is 9-6 overall in the UFC and has not fought as a 2017 decision loss to Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson. He has not actually won a fight in almost two years since a TKO win over Donald Cerrone, but is still clearly a dangerous and skilled fighter. Masvidal was supposed to fight Nick Diaz in UFC 235, but that fight fizzled and he will now take on Till.
I am anticipating a very competitive struggle between Till and Masvidal, but given that he’s from England and considering all of the gambling support he generally gets, I totally anticipate Till to be the favorite here. I do think it’s a close fight but could definitely be interested in Masvidal if he is available at a plus number.
Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson, UFC Fight Night 147
At the same time, a welterweight bout between contenders Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson will be the co-main occasion of UFC Fight Night 147. Edwards (16-3) is 8-2 at the UFC and is riding a quiet six-fight win series at the moment with a decision win over Donald Cerrone in his last outing. He has quietly evolved into one of the best welterweights in the UFC, but was waiting to get his hands on a top-10 opponent. He’s finally found a taker in the form of Nelson, who is coming from a massive win over Alex Oliveira in UFC 231. Nelson (17-3-1) spanned a 1.5 decades layoff to the Oliveira battle but absolutely dominated him for one of their biggest wins of his UFC career up to now. He’s never climbed to the championship level that many observers of the game expected he at one point in time, but he’s still proven himself to be a solid fighter at 170lbs, and the win over Oliveira revealed precisely how great he’s at his best.
This looks like another competitive struggle. Edwards has shown a yearlong game in his last few fights but Nelson is obviously a incredibly-dangerous finisher and is coming from a big win. Depending on the recent triumph over Oliviera I would guess Nelson is pegged as the favorite here, but I think Edwards could possess a lot of dangers in what should be a very close fight.
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