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13 Mar 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 147

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 147? Saturday 16th March, 2019 - 18:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 147? The O2 Arena, London

What channel is UFC Fight Night 147 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 147? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 147? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The O2 Arena is going to roar when Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till walks to the cage as he makes his first appearance in London. Britain’s biggest star is looking to show his character after the first loss of his career; a devastating finish at the hands of Tyron Woodley.

Till stepped up to take on the champion but tasted the difference in class as Woodley knocked him down and dished out brutal ground-and-pound before wrapping up a D’Arce choke.

The opportunity to fight in London against another fan-favourite in Jorge Masvidal is keeping ‘The Gorilla’ at welterweight for now as it promises to be an absolute scrap between two natural-born fighters.

Till fighting in London is great for the British fans but it is also great to see ‘Gamebred’ back in action. He has not fought since November 2017 where he lost to Stephen Thompson. Five months prior, he also lost to Demian Maia so although he has lost two on the bounce his stock is still high.

He stood and held his own against the unbeaten champion kickboxer and fended off every attack from one of the best submission grapplers MMA has ever seen in Maia. Masvidal is a warrior and will go toe-to-toe with Till which is what makes the fight so compelling.

THE PREDICTION

The deciding factor in this fight may come down to Till’s size. They are both excellent strikers, adapting their game from Muay Thai, but as this is a five-round main event the weight and power of Till’s strikes will add up in the championship rounds.

‘The Gorilla’ is a huge welterweight and uses this advantage to pressure his opponents and break them down with power counters and elbows but Masvidal is good enough to match anybody at their own game despite being undersized for the division.

This is going to be an aggressive striking exhibition and although Till will be the favourite you cannot rule ‘Gamebred’ out. He hasn’t been finished for 10 years despite fighting some of the most dangerous men in the UFC and he has the ability to make this an ugly fight from close range.

A three-round fight - Masvidal doesn’t get finished - but if Till can maintain the pressure in the championship rounds, a late stoppage is possible. If the fight goes to the bell we could witness a war.

Winner: Till via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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