The headline fight of UFC Fight Night: London saw Darren Till – fresh off his missed opportunity at the welterweight title against Tyron Woodley – take on the ever-dangerous Jorge Masvidal.
A raucous London crowd saw an explosive opening to the fight that had Till accidentally kicked in the groin and then Masvidal dropped with Till’s first real punch.
The Miami-born fighter recovered and held his ground on the floor well, but Till was almost irrepressible on the attack.
Till had the obvious size advantage and Masvidal opted to try and kick his way inside, but Till was razor sharp when it came to defending his space and his counter-punching provided a major hurdle for Masvidal.
As billed beforehand, these are two men that are fully prepared to throw major punches and fluent exchanges were had from the opening bell. Masvidal fought back with some excellent shots in the first, but Till stood right there with him.
Could Masvidal move Till the same way Till could him? That became the burning question. Gamebred was certainly down to try.
Masvidal scored a huge takedown at the beginning of the second round, but Till managed to fight his way up within seconds and make his size really count.
The American kept catching Till on the way in and was proving to be every bit as dangerous as his reputation.
Then, an overhand left sent Till spinning and another left hook knocked Till clean out.
You couldn’t help but respect Masvidal for bouncing back from a difficult first round and laying it all out there. Very entertaining fight, but where does Till go from here?