Preview: Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal
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The UFC is crossing the pond this weekend and London will play host to a BANGER of a Welterweight main event between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal.
Darren Till is a BIG Welterweight. He has had some issues in the past with the weight cut and has even teased at moving up, but for now 170 is his home, and he is a KILLER. He has elite power paired with technical stand-up skills, has shown the ability to grapple, and is a wild man. Watching the highlight video above, you get a glimpse into who Till is as a fighter. I say a glimpse because he is only 26 and will continue to refine his skills to become the best Mixed Martial Artist he can be. You saw him out-strike the best pure striker in the division in Stephen Thompson, dismantle Cowboy Cerrone, and make easy work out of his prior matchups. There is a case to be made that he was pushed too quickly, however, and this fight against Masvidal makes a lot more sense given the talent he has already beaten.
Once locked in the cage on Saturday night, look for Till to pressure Masvidal and try to break him with a barrage of strikes. If he lands a one that hurts Masvidal, Till turns into a gorilla and his nickname holds true, as he will not stop until the ref pulls him off of his opponent.
Jorge Masvidal is no walk in the park. Although he has dropped two in a row, this is still the same Jorge Masvidal that knocked out Cowboy Cerrone and Jake Ellenberger within a two month span. Also, at 34 and over double the fights of Till, he has the experience of having been-there-done-that. Staff member Buju, who is all about experience when making fight picks, didn’t even mention it on this week’s podcast, so I though I’d call him out on this platform. Masvidal also trains with the best of the best at ATT along with having top coaches, so that is another point in his favor.
Masvidal is a high-pressure technical striker, much like Till. His boxing seems a bit more crisp to me, but there is not much to split these guys stylistically. This is going to turn into a matter of who imposes their will, or if that big shot lands for either guy. Masvidal has come back from losses in the past, and Till is coming off of his first professional loss, so that is something of note going into this one. Then, in terms of getting rocked, Masvidal hasn’t lost by KO/TKO in a decade, whereas Till got rocked in just his last bout. Just throwing that out there.
This is some good matchmaking and look for these guys to put on a show in the O2. If you can, do yourself a favor and tune into this one.
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