UFC London Results
- Mike Grundy def. Nad Narimani by 2nd round TKO
- Molly McCann def. Priscila Cachoeira by Unanimous decision
- Dan Ige def. Danny Henry by 1st round Submission (RNC)
- Saparbek Safarov def. Nicolae Negumereanu by Unanimous decision
- Marc Diakiese def. Joe Duffy by Unanimous decision
- Arnold Allen def. Jordan Rinaldi by Unanimous decision
- Jack Marshman def. John Phillips by Split decision
- Claudio Silva def. Danny Roberts by 3rd round Submission (Armbar)
- Nathaniel Wood def. Jose Quinonez by 2nd round Submission (RNC)
- Dominick Reyes def. Volkan Oezdemir by Split decision
- Leon Edwards def. Gunnar Nelson by Split decision
- Jorge Masvidal def. Darren Till by 2nd round KO
In an electrifying main event Jorge Masvidal silenced the O2 arena in Darren Till’s home country of England. The atmosphere had it all, as Till walked out to “Sweet Caroline” with all his fellow countrymen singing along. The fight began with Till dropping Masvidal with a quick left hand, but Masvidal recovered and made it out of the round. Everything seemed to be going Till’s way until Masvidal threw a left overhand that shocked the whole arena. He knocked Till out cold in a huge upset in the welterweight division. After a long time off Masvidal returned with some firepower and said he is after the belt. I was left with my jaw wide open, and I kind of feel bad for Darren Till. He is just 24, and he is already a title contender, but you just hate to see someone go completely limp like that. Till was undefeated this time last year and now he is coming off of 2 straight losses which is unfortunate for such a promising fighter.
In the co-main Leon Edwards beat Gunnar Nelson by split decision in a welterweight bout. Edwards had control of the whole fight for the most part and dropped Nelson in the 2nd round. When he was dropped with an elbow, it was apparent that Nelson had a broken bone by his right eye (possibly an orbital). Nelson, known for his wrestling could not get Edwards to the mat until the 3rd round. He then quickly moved to full mount, but Edwards was already ahead so he just held on for the victory. After this impressive performance Edwards said he wanted the winner of the main event, which would be Jorge Masvidal. Things are looking up for him as he has a 7 fight win streak and his last loss was to new welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.
In the Light Heavyweight division Dominick Reyes won a razor thin split decision over Volkan Oezdemir. Reyes remains undefeated and he has added some young blood to a division that Jon Jones continues to dominate. It wasn’t the most impressive performance from either fighter, but Reyes got the job done and he will now look for an opponent in the top 5. Meanwhile, Oezdemir continues to fall after his title shot against Daniel Cormier almost a year ago. He will likely need a tune up fight next to get him back on track.
Bisping to be Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
After his epic 14 year career Michael Bisping will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. It was announced Saturday afternoon at UFC London in his home country. Bisping was a pioneer for British MMA, and was the first ever British UFC Champion. He was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 3, and has been a major part of the UFC’s growth. He pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history with his KO of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. After winning the title he fought Georges St. Pierre in his last title fight at UFC 217. “The Count” left a lasting legacy on the sport and he was a true legend.
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