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Can Darren Till rebound and remain the UK’s biggest MMA Star.


This is Darren Till‘s first fight since his title fight defeat at the hands of Tyron Woodley. Till was previously an undefeated fighter so it’s gonna be interesting to see how he handle’s a loss inside the octagon. During all of his promotional interviews, he has seemed to take it in stride. But inside the octagon and outside the octagon are two very different monsters.

Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes (-250) Vs. Volkan Oezdemir (+195)

Reyes has shown over his four promotional fights that he has a very well rounded game. He has four UFC fights, winning all four of them with three victories coming via finish in the first round. He has also proven that he can go the distance, as he went to decision with the veteran Ovince St. Preux and pretty much knocked him out in the last moment. He has a stiff test in front of him in “No Time” Volkan Oezdemir. Oezdemir has had probably the most meteoric rise to the top of the division as he won three straight times in 2017 against the upper echelon of Light Heavyweight in OSP, Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with the last two coming via Knockout in the first round. I can see this fight ending one of two ways. 1. Volkan catches him at some point early and swarms, 2. Dominick Reyes outclasses him over 15 minutes and takes a decision victory. I think the latter will be the outcome. Dominick Reyes Def. Volkan Oezdemir

Welterweight: Leon Edwards (-140) Vs. Gunnar Nelson (+110)

Leon Edwards hasn’t fought since his close main event victory over Donald Cerrone about 9 months ago. Leon has been calling for a higher profile matchup for the majority of his break and he gets it in the fashion of the Grappling-Heavy Gunnar Nelson. Gunnar Nelson rebounded from his Knockout loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio with a submission victory over Alex Oliveira in early December. Edwards will likely perform much better than Oliveira did, mainly due to the wrestling heavy style he possesses. I have Leon Edwards winning by Decision. Leon Edwards Def. Gunnar Nelson

Welterweight: Darren Till (-235) Vs. Jorge Masvidal (+185)

Darren Till is coming off of his first career loss and while his skills are likely better than Masvidal’s, the mental anguish of receiving a title shot and losing in the fashion he did can be brutal. Till is also on record saying he isn’t going to get over that loss for some time. Jorge Masvidal has seemingly fought everyone in the UFC, he has fought top contenders at Welterweight and Lightweight alike and now gets Darren Till in a Main Event showdown at London’s O2 Arena. On paper, this looks like another letdown spot for Masvidal, as he lost his two most recent fights against Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia. However, I believe that Masvidal is actually due for a win here and has a great opportunity to take a victory against a man who may be mentally aching. We’ve never seen Darren Till after a defeat and are unaware of how he will react. I’m hesitantly taking the upset here. Jorge Masvidal Def. Darren Till

Other Selections:

Bantamweight: Nathaniel Wood (-285) Def. Jose Alberto Quinonez (+225)

Welterweight: Claudio Silva (-155) Def. Danny Roberts (+125)

Middleweight: Jack Marshman (-160) Def. John Phillips (+130)

Featherweight: Arnold Allen (-140) Def. Jordan Rinaldi (+110) Side Note on this fight, the odds opened at Arnold Allen at -300 so there’s definitely crazy money coming in on Rinaldi in this juncture.

Lightweight: Joe Duffy (-185) Def. Marc Diakiese (+150)

Light Heavyweight: Nick Negumereanu (-165) Def. Saparbeg Safarov (+135)

Middleweight: Ian Heinisch (+100) Def. Tom Breese (-130)

Featherweight: Danny Henry (+115) Def. Dan Ige (-145)

Women’s Flyweight: Priscilla Cachoeira (+175) Def. Molly McCann (-225)

Featherweight: Nad Narimani (-145) Def. Mike Grundy (+115)

 

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