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Till to bounce back? Get our best bet for Darren Till v Jorge Masvidal at UFC London

Leigh Copson 13 Mar 2019
Darren Till (credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

UFC on ESPN+ 5 predictions for the UFC London event on Saturday, March 16. Can Darren Till bounce back from his welterweight title fight defeat by becoming the first man to stop Jorge Masvidal in a decade? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips for UFC on ESPN+ 5.

Darren Till v Jorge Masvidal


Darren Till’s bid to become Britain’s second UFC champion ended in failure last September as he was dominated and finished inside two rounds by then champion Tyron Woodley –the first defeat of his professional mixed martial arts career. ‘The Gorilla’ will now look to bounce back from that when he returns to action on home soil on Saturday night, but can he delight the London crowd and get his title quest back on track or will that Woodley loss prove to be the start of a slide down the 170lb ladder?

Providing the opposition at the O2 Arena will be 45-fight veteran Jorge Masvidal – a man who has fought for the biggest promotions in MMA over the years and has been a member of the UFC roster for almost six years. ‘Gambred’ has had mixed fortunes since signing with the UFC, going 9-6 while competing in the lightweight and welterweight divisions, and he does boast wins over some well-known opposition including Donald Cerrone and Jake Ellenberger. That success against Cerrone was particularly impressive as he took out ‘Cowboy’ in just six minutes, but that is the last time he had his hand raised in the Octagon.

Since then Masvidal has dropped decisions against Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson, and that last fight against ‘Wonderboy’ came back in November 2017 so he has been out of action for quite a while now. That level of inactivity should bring some form of ‘ring rust’ and that only adds to the disadvantage he has here. The other big factor is size – Masvidal is a small welterweight while Till is a huge man in the division and needs to cut some serious weight in order to make 170lbs.

Till hits hard, but he is also a smart fighter when it comes to the stand-up game as evidence by his technical performance in his won over Stephen Thompson last year. So what version of the Liverpudlian will we see here? One that tears through his opponent in short order? One that is perhaps a little gun-shy after losing for the first time? Or will we see a calculated striker work his way to a win on the scorecards? I am going for the latter.

Masvidal may not have a record that leaps out at you, but he has not been stopped since June 2008 and has gone the distance with some heavy-hitters over the years, including Paul Daley. His absence from the cage is cause for some concern, but I believe he will stick around for the full 25 minutes and force Till to have to settle for a points success.


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