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 ideas about the two new high-profile bouts added to the card are below.
Darren Until Armour Jorge Masvidal, UFC Fight Night 147
An intriguing welterweight matchup involving Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal is set since the headlining five-round battle at UFC Fight Night 147. ESPN broke the information. Till (17-1-1) is 5-1-1 overall in the UFC and in his final bout endured his first career loss by entry to winner Tyron Woodley in UFC 228. Till remains one of the most popular fighters in the division, and all of Europe, so regardless of the loss he always made a great deal of sense to headline this card in London. He flirted with the idea of going around middleweight but decided to stay at welterweight to get his hands on Masvidal, who stylistically should wear a good fight against Till. Masvidal (32-13) is 9-6 overall from the UFC and has not fought since a 2017 conclusion loss to Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson. He has not really won a fight in almost two decades because a TKO win over Donald Cerrone, but is still clearly a skilled and dangerous fighter. Masvidal was presumed to fight Nick Diaz in UFC 235, but that fight fizzled and he’ll now take on forever.
I’m expecting a really competitive fight between Till and Masvidal, but given that he’s from England and considering all of the betting support he generally gets, I fully expect forever to be the preferred here. I do think it is a close fight but would 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 function as co-main occasion of UFC Fight Night 147. Edwards (16-3) is 8-2 at the UFC and is riding a silent six-fight win series at the moment with a decision win over Donald Cerrone in his final outing. He’s quietly evolved into one of the best welterweights in the UFC, but has been waiting to get his hands on a top-10 opponent. He’s finally found a taker in the form of Nelson, who’s coming from a huge win over Alex Oliveira in UFC 231. Nelson (17-3-1) rode a 1.5 decades layoff into the Oliveira fight but completely dominated him for one of their biggest wins of his UFC career up to now. He’s never climbed to the championship degree that lots of observers of the game expected he at a point in time, but he has nonetheless proven himself to be a good fighter in 170lbs, and the triumph over Oliveira revealed just how good he is at his best.
This looks like another aggressive fight. Edwards has shown a yearlong game in his last couple of fights but Nelson is clearly an incredibly-dangerous finisher and is coming off of a big win. Based on the recent triumph over Oliviera I would guess Nelson is pegged as the favorite here, but I think Edwards could have a good deal of dangers in what should be a very close fight.
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