The octagon lands in The O2 Arena in London once again for UFC Fight Night: Till vs Masvidal as the UFC brings a fight card stacked top to tail with the cream of the UK’s fighting talent.
From Mike Grundy and Nad Narimani in the opening prelim of the night to Darren Till in the main event, the fight card is chock-full of British stars. But which ones should you be backing on fight night and which ones should you steer clear of?
As usual, we have you covered…
TILL TO CASH IN WITH HOME WIN
The main event bout between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal has all the ingredients for a welterweight classic. Both men are superb stand-up fighters who love nothing more than to stand and trade. And after speaking to the pair of them during Media Day, that’s exactly what they plan on doing.
And in a straight-up striking battle, the odds are stacked in Tills favour. The Brit should be considerably bigger than Masvidal on fight night, and should enjoy a handy advantage in his range.
But despite Till’s physical advantages, don’t fall into the trap of backing a knockout win. Masvidal has fought 45 times in his lengthy mixed martial arts career and has been stopped with strikes just once, way back in 2008.
‘Gamebred’ is as seasoned as they come, and has all the tools to take the fight all the way to the judges’ scorecards. But Till’s striking should be enough to tip the balance in his favour, with the Scouser a 6/4 shot to claim a decision victory.
‘HOT CHOCOLATE’ TO DELIVER A SWEET VICTORY
While all the talk at the top of the card is about British welterweights Till and co-main eventer Leon Edwards, there’s a third British welterweight on the card looking to steal the show.
And Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts looks a solid bet to claim victory over London-based Brazilian Claudio ‘Hannibal’ Silva in their main card bout. Roberts is in a good run of form, and faces a man who has competed just once since 2014. That lack of activity may prove tricky for Silva against Roberts, who will be inspired by fighting on home soil.
Silva is a dangerous proposition on the ground, but Roberts is seasoned enough to keep the fight standing and make Silva pay when he commits to takedown attempts. The Brit is the slight underdog heading into the contest, at 5/4, and is well worth a look.
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HOME COMFORTS TO HELP ’THE PROSPECT’
Former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Nathaniel ‘The Prospect’ Wood is one of an exciting crop of stars making their way up the UFC ranks. And the London-based bantamweight plans on producing the goods in his home town this weekend.
Wood takes on Jose Quinonez, who comes into the fight riding a four-fight win streak. But none of those opponents are quite at the Brit’s level, and he should prove his status as one of the bantamweight division’s rising stars.
Wood is a 2/7 favourite to pick up the W in London, and promises a knockout win for his adoring fans.
Pick: Woods to win – 2/7