Liverpool's Darren Till fights on British soil for only the second time in his career when he takes on fan favourite Jorge Masvidal in a scintillating main event at the O2 Arena in London seeking to bounce back in emphatic fashion after falling at the final hurdle on his quest for UFC gold six months ago.
The fight headlines one of the most eagerly-anticipated London cards in years, featuring a host of home-grown talent as well as some of the most exciting prospects from overseas in what promises to be a spectacular exhibition for the sport.
Birmingham's Leon Edwards puts his six-fight win streak on the line against familiar UFC London visitor Gunnar Nelson in another fascinating welterweight clash, while hometown hero Nathaniel Wood seeks to extend his winning start to life in the UFC against Jose Quinonez.
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Who else is on the UFC London: Till v Masvidal fight card?
It is a measure of how far mixed martial arts has come in this country that no fewer than 13 British fighters will feature on a sizzling card at the O2 Arena this weekend.
Birmingham welterweight Leon Edwards goes in search of his seventh consecutive win against the imposing Gunnar Nelson in the other featured bout of the evening.
Edwards, who trains out of the Ultimate Training Centre in his Midlands home town, had been desperate for a crack at domestic rival Till and victory over number 13 ranked Nelson will only increase the likelihood of an all-British showdown later down the line.
Elsewhere, former Cage Warriors champion Nathaniel Wood hopes to continue his glittering start to life on the big time with a third straight since joining the promotion from the UFC.
‘The Prospect’ pocketed a performance bonus on his UFC debut after submitting Johnny Eduardo before tapping Andre Ewell at UFC 232 – but the London-born fighter maintains he is far more adept as a striker than a grappler and is keen to show there is much more to come from the bantamweight star.
Darren Till’s Team Kaobon team-mate, Mike Grundy, makes his long-awaited promotional debut to open proceedings on Saturday night, fighting domestic rival Nad ‘Smiler’ Narimani.
The 32-year-old is on an eight-fight win streak spanning three years and has played an integral role in Till’s meteoric rise through the UFC.
For the first time ever, two Welsh fighters will go head-to-head in the Octagon as Jack ‘The Hammer’ Marshman goes toe-to-toe with countryman John ‘The Welsh Wrecking Machine’ Phillips.
Both athletes are trying to end a two-fight losing streak but with their backs against the wall, fans should get set for fireworks from the two hard-hitting strikers.
And there could be the birth of a new contender in the light heavyweight division with unbeaten Dominick Reyes taking on former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir in a fight unlikely to need the final bell.
On top of all that, the likes of Tom Breese, Arnold Allen, Molly McCann and Danny Roberts will all be in action with guest appearances from the ever-entertaining Ben Askren and Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood to boot.
UFC London: Till v Masvidal Main Card:
Welterweight: Darren Till v Jorge Masvidal
Welterweight: Leon Edwards v Gunnar Nelson
Light Heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir v Dominick Reyes
Bantamweight: Nathaniel Woods v Jose Quinonez
Welterweight: Danny Roberts v Claudio Silva
Middleweight: Jack Marshman v John Phillips
UFC London: Till v Masvidal Preliminary Card:
Featherweight: Arnold Allen v Jordan Rinaldi
Lightweight: Mark Diakiese v Joe Duffy
Light Heavyweight: Nicolae Negumereanu v Saparbek Safarov
Middleweight: Tom Breese v Ian Heinisch
Featherweight: Danny Henry v Dan Ige
Women's Flyweight: Molly McCann v Priscila Cachoeira
Featherweight: Mike Grundy v Nad Narimani
UFC London: Till v Masvidal - The story so far
It was a hell of a ride – but Tyron Woodley finally ground the Darren Till train to a halt at UFC 228 last September, submitting the Scouse phenomenon in the second round of their welterweight title showdown to inflict the first defeat of Till’s professional career.
A four-fight win streak prior had placed Team Kaobon man Till on the path to UFC gold, during which he outpointed two-time title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and demolished Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a first-round knockout that brought his name to the attention of the masses.
With considerable momentum behind him, the stage was set for Till to achieve his destiny against Woodley, roared on from the rafters by hordes of fans who had made the pilgrimage from Merseyside to Dallas, Texas.
However, after coming up short in a performance the 26-year-old admitted will haunt him for the rest of his life, Till has been forced to go back to the drawing board in order to rebuild his charge towards the 170lb championship.
A gruelling fight camp under the tutelage of long-time coach Colin Heron, founder of Liverpool’s legendary Team Kaobon gym, will have addressed some of the deficiencies from his defeat to Woodley – and in Jorge Masvidal, Till has the perfect dance partner to bounce back in style.
Masivdal 34-year-old is a veteran of the fight game, racking up 32 wins from 45 professional contests, but the old school fan favourite comes into the bout on the back of two straight losses.
Masvidal came up short on the scorecards against both Demian Maia and Wonderboy Thompson before electing to take a healthy break away from the sport for the entirety of 2018 – his longest period of inactivity since turning pro in 2003.
“I’ve been itching to fight since October,” the Miami-based brawler told BT Sport.
“I’m going to finally fight in March – but it would be worth the wait.
“I’ve been insanely active since I was 18 years old and I got injuries, man. I just don’t post every time I’m at the doctors like these other fighters. Everybody has injuries, especially when you’ve been in here as long as me.
“I got these little injuries that I had to rehab and now I’m ready to kick somebody’s f****** a**.”
Masvidal made his name as one of the early stars from the Wild West days of mixed martial arts, fighting alongside the legendary Kimbo Slice in unregulated backyard bouts now viewed as historical artefacts when compared to the sport’s current manifestation.
But Masvidal’s own transformation has been equally impressive, utilising his early skills as a grappler in tandem with a strong boxing background to remain a perennial contender in an ever-changing field of competition.
“It’s a no bull**** fight,” Till told BT Sport of his upcoming main event clash with ‘Gamebred’.
“When I say that, what I mean is there is no back-and-forth. I’m not gonna go home and get on social media and say ‘oh, he’s a p****’ – and he’s the same.
“Me and him know what we need to do. We need to fight on March 16, and after that it’s peace and love. But right now I want to knock him the f*** out, and he wants to knock me out.”
UFC London: Till v Masvidal - Full BT Sport Broadcast Details
Saturday March 16
6pm: UFC London: Prelims
Two hours of action from the prelims at UFC London to whet the appetite ahead of an unmissable main card.
Available on BT Sport 1/BT Sport 1 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app
8pm: UFC London: Till v Masvidal Main Card
Darren Till returns the Octagon at the O2 Arena in London looking to bounce back from the agony of a world title defeat to Tyron Woodley last time out with a win over Jorge Masvidal. Leon Edwards v Gunnar Nelson also features on an intriguing card.
Available on BT Sport 1/BT Sport 1 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app
Sunday March 17
8am (approx): Full Fight Replays
Full spoiler-free replays of Till v Masvidal and other featured bouts are made available exclusively on BT Sport's digital platforms.
Available to subscribers on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app
9pm: UFC London: Till v Masvidal Main Card Repeat
Available on BT Sport 3/BT Sport 3 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app
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