Darren Till (17-1-1) suffered the first loss of his professional MMA career last September at UFC 228 when UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley submitted him at 4:19 of the second round. He will look to get back on the winning side as he faces Jorge Masvidal (32-13) on Saturday.
The match-up is an interesting one for Till as he is fighting a more veteran fighter who has not only fought in the UFC but also Bellator and Strikeforce. Since joining the UFC in 2013 Miscidal has earned bonuses for Performance of the Night twice and once for Fight of the Night.
Masvidal also has some wins over some big names including Tim Means in his UFC debut as well as Donald Cerrone on January 28, 2017 that earned him one of those Performance of the Night bonuses.
The 34 year old from Miami, Florida has not fought since his unanimous decision loss to Stephen Thompson at UFC 217 on November 4, 2017. This was his second consecutive loss, having dropped a split decision to Demian Maia at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017.
The long layoff wasn’t by Masvidal’s choice. He had been attempting to get a fight with Till last July but things didn’t work out. Till would instead accept the title fight with Woodley. When Till was having issues with setting up his next fight, Masvidal offered to fight him at the O2 Arena in London, England, providing Till with an excellent opponent for his fight on home soil.
Both men have excellent knockout power with 10 of Till’s 17 wins coming via KO while Masvidal has knocked out opponents 13 times. Till has a slight height advantage but both men boast an identical 74” reach.
Masvidal may be the better striker and lands more punches per minute than his British opponent. Jorge’s background is boxing and kickboxing while Till has a background in both Muay Thai and Luta Livre Esportiva, a Brazilian freestyle fighting martial art. This may give Till an advantage with grappling, although Masvidal is no slouch in that department.
The favorite going into this fight is Darren Till, with many predictions having him come out of the fight with a win. Till has put a lot of pressure on himself, stating that he won’t be happy with his performance unless he wins via knockout in the first round. He also acknowledged that he is facing a worthy opponent who could end up taking him the distance, which he believes he is equally prepared for.
UFC Fight Night 147 (or UFC on ESPN+ 5) takes place live from the O2 Arena in London, England. Tills vs Masvidal is the main event with 13 scheduled bouts on the card.