MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: UFC LONDON GETS TILL VS. MASVIDAL, EDWARDS VS. NELSON
UFC London is set using its main and co-main occasion. The card takes place March 16 at The O2 Arena in London, England, and my ideas on both new high-profile bouts added to 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 since the headlining five-round battle at UFC Fight Night 147. ESPN broke the information. Until (17-1-1) is 5-1-1 overall in the UFC and in his last bout endured his first career loss by submission to winner Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. Till remains one of the most popular fighters in the branch, and all of Europe, so despite 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 decided to remain at welterweight to get 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 really 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 presumed to combat Nick Diaz in UFC 235, but that fight fizzled and he will now take on Till.
I am anticipating a very competitive fight between Till and Masvidal, but since he is from England and contemplating all the betting 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’s 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 quiet six-fight win streak at the moment with a decision win over Donald Cerrone in his last outing. He’s quietly developed to one of the best welterweights in the UFC, but has been waiting to receive his hands on a top-10 opponent. He has finally found a taker in the form of Nelson, who’s coming off of a massive win over Alex Oliveira at UFC 231. Nelson (17-3-1) spanned a 1.5 decades layoff to the Oliveira battle but absolutely dominated him to get one of the biggest wins of his UFC career to date. He’s never climbed to the championship level that many observers of the game expected he at one point in time, but he’s nonetheless recognized himself to be a good fighter in 170lbs, and the win over Oliveira revealed just how good he is at his finest.
This seems like a different aggressive struggle. Edwards has shown a well-rounded game in his last couple of fights but Nelson is obviously an incredibly-dangerous finisher and is coming off of a big win. Based on the recent triumph over Oliviera I’d guess Nelson is pegged as the favorite here, but I think Edwards could have a good deal of dangers in what should be a really close fight.
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