UFC London Preview

By Alex Nicolaou 

On Saturday night, the UFC finally returns to London with Darren Till headlining the event in his welterweight bout against veteran, Jorge Masvidal.

Englishman Till, boasts a good record (17-1-1) coming into Saturday and will be looking to bounce back after his title fight defeat against Tyrone Woodley in September last year.

Prior to his defeat against Woodley, Till impressed many with wins over Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson, as well as vowing to gain another title shot before considering a move up to middleweight.

Masvidal, on the other hand, has not fought since late 2017, where he suffered a decision defeat to Stephen Thompson, which will only give Till added confidence come Saturday.

However, Jorge is no easy opponent and was scheduled to fight UFC legend Nick Diaz before the fight fell through earlier this year.

Inside the octagon, Gamebred always gives everything he has to offer, no matter his opponent, and Till will be looking to pressure Jorge early on, especially after his hesitance in September.

The co-main event also features a key welterweight fight between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson.

27 year old, ‘Rocky’ Edwards, is currently on a six-fight winning-streak that has put him in the top-ten ranking for the division and another ranked victory should earn him a deserved high-profile fight.

Edwards defeated Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision in his last fight, in his biggest UFC win, showing clear control from the first bell.

Despite losing against current champion Kamaru Usman early on in his career, Edwards displayed great takedown defence that will be needed in this fight.

Icelander Nelson is a particularly unique fighter with his disputes rarely going the distance, whether he loses or wins, being known to display key moments that end fights and is not shy of making the highlight reels.

His last fight ended in the second round with a rear-naked choke submission against Alex Oliveira and he will be looking to finish off Edwards in similar fashion.

A spectacular finish could see another fighter, in Nelson, thrown into the ever-growing title mix.

Another featured main card bout sees former light heavyweight title contender Volkan Oezdemir take on unbeaten Dominick Reyes.

‘No time’ Oezdemir earned his title shot after a flawless 2017, but could not overcome Daniel Cormier in 2018 and has since lost again to Anthony Smith via submission.

Oezdemir will be hoping to get back to winning ways against a fighter who is in red-hot form and a loss come Saturday could be devastating for another shot at the title.

In October, ‘The devastator’ Reyes, extended his winning streak to ten with a decision win over Ovince St. Preux and there is no doubt that Volkan will be his toughest test to date.

This event is littered with talented fighters all looking to impress for a shot at the title and the London O2 is the perfect host.

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