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Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards vs Gunnar Nelson set for UFC London

UFC 217: Thompson v Masvidal Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

That was fast.

Not long after former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight No. 1 contender, Darren Till, was mapping out his 2019 fight campaign, which includes victories over Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington, ESPN brings word that “Gorilla” will indeed headline UFC London against “Gamebred.”

UFC on ESPN+ 5 takes place Sat. March 16, 2019 inside O2 Arena.

Till (17-1-1) was called into his Tyron Woodley title fight on short notice, thanks to a last-minute vacation taken by Colby Covington. His loss to “The Chosen One” was the first of his professional career, after disposing of Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone, among others.

Masvidal (32-13), meanwhile, recently snapped a three-fight winning streak by coughing up close decisions to Demian Maia and the aforementioned Thompson. “Gamebred” averaged three fights per year dating back to 2012, but sat out for all of 2018.

Whoever comes out on top is likely to face the winner of Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson, who were named UFC London co-main event, according to the report. Edwards (16-3) is the winner of six straight, while Nelson (17-3-1) got back into the win column by choking out Alex Oliveira at UFC 231.

Here’s where they all stand in the current rankings:


Champion: Tyron Woodley

1. Colby Covington
2. Kamaru Usman
3. Darren Till
4. Stephen Thompson
5. Rafael Dos Anjos
6. Robbie Lawler
7. Santiago Ponzinibbio
8. Demian Maia
9. Jorge Masvidal
10. Leon Edwards
11. Neil Magny
12. Gunnar Nelson
13. Donald Cerrone
14. Elizeu Dos Santos
15. Alex Oliveira

UFC London will also feature the light heavyweight pairing that puts former title contender, Volkan Oezdemir, into battle against undefeated 205-pound phenom, Dominick Reyes. In addition, Gokhan Saki returns to action against Saparbeg Safarov.

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