The UFC lands in London next Saturday with fight fans in store for what appears to be the most entertaining card to ever grace England’s capital.
Home country favourite Darren “Gorilla” Till (17-1-1NC) headlines the sold out event at the O2 Arena where he will go head to head with Jorge “Game Bred” Masvidal (32-13)
The highly anticipated Welterweight match up sees Till, coming in off a recent title challenge loss (vs Woodley, UFC 228) face the always eager Masvidal, who himself has a point to prove; currently on a 2 fight loss streak (vs Thompson & Maia, UFC 217 & 11).
Fight fans should expect to witness a hard hitting spectacle to the tune of ‘Sweet Caroline’ with a victory coming via knockout to be the most likely outcome as both fighters boast impressive striking stats; with combined significant strikes landed per minute over 6.5.
Both Till and Masvidal will be conscious of how a win either way would change the landscape of the 170lb division. A hand raised for Till would see him very much back in title contention, whereas, a win for his American adversary would surely see him break into the division’s top 10.
Darren Till via KO/TKO (Round 3)
Looking down the rest of the card other stand out match ups include another home country fighter, Leon “Rocky” Edwards (16-3) take on submission expert Gunnar Nelson (17-3-1NC) in the Co-Main event.
Edwards comes into this interesting stylistic match up unbeaten in over 3 years, having beaten some big names along the way, including both potential fight of the year contenders; Vicente Luque and Bryan Barberena.
Nelson, however, won’t allow Edwards to have an easy night in the office come Saturday after clearly stating his intentions to climb the rankings with a view to face the winner of the main event in the summer.
Gunnar Nelson via submission (Round 2).
Elsewhere, undefeated American, Light Heavyweight top 10 contender Dominick “The Devastator” Reyes (10-0) takes on former title challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir (15-3).
Reyes will undoubtedly be looking to extend his impressive professional record by showcasing one of the most feared all round fighting games the 205lb division has seen for awhile.
With a combined fighting time of under 9 rounds in just 10 professional fighters it’s safe to say The Devastator has so far lived up to his name.
Reyes appears to be enjoying life in the UFC after previous wins in LFA, HFA and KoTC. The Devastator’s progression and success in the sport’s elite league has appeared natural and unquestionably deserved; with wins over Jared Cannonier and fight game vertern, Ovince Saint Preux (OSP).
Oezdemir is without a doubt Reyes’ toughest opponent to date though who also claims a win over OSP.
Oezdemir will be looking to get back into winning ways after enduring a 2 fight loss streak at the hands of former champion Daniel Cormier and most recent title challenger, Anthony Smith.
Simular to the main event, fight fans will be expecting fireworks and some hard hitting action in this exciting Light Heavyweight match up.
A win for Oezdemir would see his professional career very much back on track, however, putting a stop to the 205lb juggernaut that is Dominick Reyes will be no easy mission.
A win for Reyes would probably see him breach the top 5 rankings and only be a matter of time before he gets a shot at gold.
Dominick Reyes via KO/TKO (Round 2)
Moving further down the card, we see yet another home country fighter in the form of Nathaniel “The Prospect” Wood (15-3) face off against José Quinonez (17-2) in a super charged Bantamweight match up.
Wood is unbeaten in the UFC and will be looking to showcase his ground game again after both his previous wins have seen his hand raised having submitted those he has previously faced.
Quinonez will join Wood in the Octagon on a 4 fight win steak.
Although Quinonez has not fought in just over a year he won’t let that deter him against the very youthful and exciting Nathaniel Wood.
Expect to see this one go the distance with some potentially exciting Ju Jitsu on display.
Nathaniel Wood via decision.
The second fight to happen on the main card will be another Welterweight contest, when Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts (16-3) takes on Claudio “Hannibal” Silva (12-1).
The match up could have Fight of The Night potential, when these two very active Welterweights collide.
Silva comes in, still relatively fresh to the UFC boasting a serious record with wins including against Leon Edwards.
Roberts, however, is enjoying a decent patch of form himself, he is currently on a 2 fight win streak and will be confident he can extend it to 3 come Saturday 16th March.
Claudio Silva via decision.
Lastly, London’s main card opener will see an all Welsh Middleweight clash. Jack “The Hammer” Marshman (22-8) and John “The Welsh Wrecking Machine” Phillips (21-8) will go head to head in a decent looking 185lb bout.
The two Welshmen boast a huge 43 wins between them, Marshman has 17 finishes to his name whereas Phillips has never let a fight go to the judges.
Don’t blink in this one fight fans.
John Phillips via KO/TKO (Round 2)
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