UFC London Preview: Darren Till v Jorge Masvidal
Betting odds and tips for UFC London
UFC returns to London on Saturday night, with former welterweight title challenger Darren Till’s bout against the aging Jorge Masvidal at the top of a stacked six-fight main card.
Leon Edwards v Gunnar Nelson is the co-main event, and we’ve given both fights the big preview treatment ahead of a huge night of action in the capital.
Darren Till v Jorge Masvidal
Both of these fighters head into this bout off the back of damaging defeats. Till lost via submission to Tyron Woodley in a UFC Welterweight Championship bout at UFC 228. Masvidal suffered the second back-to-back defeat of his career at UFC 217 against Stephen Thompson.
However, this fight looks like one that should be better suited to Till. The Liverpudlian is good with his fists and should appreciate the confrontation with a brawler like Masvidal. He should also look to start quickly against an opponent who may be rusty after almost two years outside the octagon.
That’s not the only thing Till has over Masvidal. The Scouser could weigh up to 30lb more than the American come fight time, which will give him a significant power advantage. Till has everything in his favour ahead of this bout, and should prevail at 10/23, against 19/10 for Masdival.
Leon Edwards v Gunnar Nelson
This one looks difficult to call. Both fighters bring something different to the table, with Nelson likely to favour a grappling game given that his striking isn’t always accurate or effective.
When he gets it right, it hurts, but if Gunni mistimes a shot then his defensive actions aren’t always where they need to be. That was shown to full effect in defeats to Rick Story and Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Edwards, on the other hand, is a more rounded fighter. He can wrestle, clinch, strike at distance and is much better tactically than his opponent. Ultimately that tactical nous is what should win the fight for the Birmingham-boy at 20/31, although Nelson’s finishing prowess will give him a chance throughout at 13/10.
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