The O2 Arena in London, England was sold out and the capacity crowd was certainly behind British MMA fighter Darren Till. Till was taking on veteran Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC Fight Night 147 / UFC on ESPN+ 5 and the fans in attendance made it well known who they were rooting for.
Till came out fighting and had a quick knockdown, stunning Masvidal and knocking him to the canvas early in the first round. He pounced and attempted to keep him on the ground but Masvidal was able to get back to his feet. The two traded punches before Till grabbed his opponent’s leg as Masvidal tried a side kick. Till took him to the ground but once again Jorge was able to regain his footing.
Both men did get their strikes and kicks in but the first round clearly went to Till. The action continued in the second round and Masvidal seemed to settle down and get into a rhythm. Till was still attacking but Masvidal was able to use his speed to counter.
Masvidal was backing Till into the cage when he feigned a weak right handed punch and then landed a vicious overhand left, something he rarely uses. The shot appears to have knocked Till out but Masvidal jumped on top of his opponent and landed another strike before the referee pushed him off and declared him the winner via knockout.
Jorge Masvidal improves to 33-13 while Darren Till suffers his second consecutive loss and drops to 17-2-1.
During the post fight interview, Masvidal sang his opponent’s praises and told the London crowd to stay behind their fighter. He pointed out that he was a “young bull” and only 24-years-old but would one day be a “tiger.”
Masvidal also called out current champ Kamaru Usman, although he did not say the fighter’s name. He said he wanted the belt around his waist.
The main event of the evening was given Fight of the Night honors and Jorge Masvidal also won the bonus for Performance of the Night.
Unfortunately for Masvidal, he may have some disciplinary issues on his hands with the UFC when he gets back to the United States. He was involved in a backstage incident with Leon Edwards, who had defeated Gunnar Nelson in the co-main event.
Edwards was backstage and apparently challenging Masvidal to a fight during the interview. Masvidal walked away from the interviewer, had words with Edwards and then threw punches at the fighter. Both men were escorted from the arena and did not take part of the scheduled post-event interviews.
Dana White, who was not in attendance for the event, was not impressed and told ESPN;
“I can’t even believe that this happened. We need to do a much better job of making sure this s–t doesn’t happen at any of our events!”