UFC London: Till Shocked by Masvidal
It was meant to be the relaunch of Darren Till, and in the opening moments of his main event with Jorge Masvidal it looked very much like that was what we were going to get. Masvidal was quickly dropped, but he survived and almost certainly sends Till to another weight division.
Masvidal looked the perfect dance partner, coming in on a two fight skid, a fighter who would almost certainly oblige by standing with Till, which he did with sensational effect. A stunning left hand landed in the 2nd, and Till was out cold before he hit the Octagon floor, the Henderson type follow-up wasn’t needed, Till was already done.
The shock defeat leaves Till with nowhere to go in the welterweight division. The cut to 170 is so brutal for Till, and I just can’t see Till wanting to put his body through that type of torture for the long road which lies ahead if he wants to get back in the title picture. In many ways Till needs to move to middleweight.
Masvidal talks of a title shot, but a fight with Leon Edwards who beat Gunnar Nelson in the co-main, looks a given, more so since the backstage altercation between the pair last night. Dana White condemned the incident, but no doubt it will soon become just part of the story.
Edwards doesn’t get the credit he deserves, the win over Nelson is his 7th straight, if anyone deserves a big fight its Edwards.
Nelson suffered yet another setback and he just can’t seem to make that step up, he always seems to fight in second gear, and that laid-back style and attitude for me cost him any chance of winning this fight.
Nathaniel Wood is the real sleeper in the bantamweight division, his win over Jose Alberto Quinones was his 3rd straight since moving to the UFC from Cage Warriors. Wood continues to improve, a title run in the next year or so looks a distinct possibility.
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