Cool, calm and collected; three words that characterize Jorge Masvidal during the run up to his main event clash with Darren Till at UFC Fight Night London. These three words also serve to describe the American Top Team mainstay’s approach after falling his victim to a straight left from early on before landing a vicious knockout on the Liverpudlian in the second round.
After a shaky opening minute, Jorge forced a change in the tide, all while bein in hostile territory, and he began fighting from the fence and countering ‘The Gorilla’ on numerous occasions. Despite the damaging shots from ‘Gamebred’, Till called the striker on and payed the ultimate price mid way through the second round, with ‘Gamebred’ being one of the slickest boxers on the roster, he landed a left overhand which completely switched his lights off. Masvidal followed up with a right hand and after Darren collided with the canvas beneath he was met with a left hand before Marc Goddard peeled Jorge off from Darrens near life-less body.
Till was ranked at #3 in the Welterweight division heading into the clash so the vicious victory over the one time title challenger will surely catapult him through the top ten into a potential title eliminator at the very least.
Leon Edwards: Bad blood is almost an understatement at this stage when you mention Masvidal and co-main event winner Leon Edwards. A heated altercation between the two after the culmination of Saturday’s card resulted in Jorge landing a “three piece and a soda” on Leon who interrupted his post fight interview with Laura Sanko. Edwards is alleged to have called for a July meeting with Masvidal which resulted in Jorge’s retaliation, and this ‘beef’ between the pair is sure to escalate in the coming days and weeks. Edwards looked great against submission specialist Gunnar Nelson in the co-headliner and called for the winner of the subsequent main event in an interview with Dan Hardy. Pit them together for UFC 239 during International Fight Week.
Ben Askren: One man with a keen eye on proceedings on Saturday night was recent UFC debutante Ben Askren. The undefeated wrestling phenom was in attendance at the O2 Arena and was widely expected to be paired off with the main event winner. ‘Funky’ Ben and Darren Till exchanged some barbs via Twitter in recent weeks but Jorge’s emergence from London with the victory sets up a tantalizing bout with the former ONE FC Lightweight kingpin. A successful debut win over Robbie Lawler, albeit a vexed win, seen the Olympian slotted right in at the #6 spot at 170lbs. Similarly to a potential Edwards meeting, a July date would be ideal for this one.
Stephen Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis Winner: Despite spending some considerable time in the same division in among the upper echelon contenders, Jorge Masvidal and Anthony Pettis are yet to meet in the Octagon. This striking affair becomes a legitimate possibility if the division jumper Pettis overcomes ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in Nashville this weekend. The three men in question are absolute snipers on the feet, in contrasting ways it’s worth mentioning but any potential bout would be sure to offer fireworks. Despite already meeting back in late 2017, Thompson and ‘Gamebred’ could easily run it back considering the ongoing personal issues Masvidal was dealing with and has since thankfully resolved.
Kamaru Usman: The least likely match up realistically, but the champ is supposedly chomping at the bit at the prospect of defending his crown against Jorge Masvidal. Usman displayed a flawless grappling game to neutralize long time champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 and is already chalked up to fight Colby Covington in the coming months once he recovers from surgery on his broken foot. Jorge also has no problem leapfrogging fellow American Top Team teammate Covington into contention explaining how his kids need to eat and go to college in a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.