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He was a sizeable underdog coming into enemy territory, but it didn’t faze Cuban-American Jorge Masvidal one bit. “Gamebred” withstood a few powerful left hands to the head early and often from British foe Darren Till in the main event of UFC Fight Night 147 Saturday inside the famed O2 Arena in London, only to unload a hellish knockout in the second round.
Masvidal landed several clean punches upstairs in the fight, but Till took them all with ease. However, Masvidal (33-13) uncorked a massive left hook that exploded on Till’s jaw during an exchange, and “The Gorilla’s” knees buckled. Masvidal missed a follow-up right hook, but the ensuing left hook did not. It detonated on Till’s jaw, knocking him out cold. Till (17-2) fell flat on his back and referee Marc Goddard quickly intervened, but Masvidal landed another left hand for good measure before Goddard could get in between the two welterweights. The end came officially at 3:05 of the second, giving Masvidal arguably the biggest win of his career.
In his post-fight interview with ESPN +'s Laura Sanko, Masvidal left the conversation to throw leather at Leon Edwards, who was victorious earlier in the evening.
Edwards Takes Split Decision over Nelson
It was a close call, but Edwards did just enough to offset fan favorite Gunnar Nelson in the welterweight co-main event on Saturday.
Nelson (17-4) tried multiple times to take to the Brit to the canvas, but Edwards’ takedown defense was excellent. Edwards (17-3) dropped “Gunni” late in the second with a left elbow to the face from within the clinch and nearly stopped him with follow-up punches and elbows, but the Icelandic fighter survived.
Nelson rallied late in the third with a takedown, but he couldn’t capitalize before time expired. While one judge favored Nelson 29-28, that score was overturned by the other two officials who saw it in favor of Edwards via tallies of 29-27 and 29-28.
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Reyes Nabs Controversial Win Against Reeling Oezdemir
In a light heavyweight encounter that could have gone either way, it was American Dominick Reyes who had his hand raised.
Reyes used slightly better striking and landed a more clean blows than did Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir, though “No Time” was often the aggressor. Oezdemir (15-4) had many takedown attempts stuffed and “The Devastator” delivered plenty of punches to the body. In the end, two judges scored it 29-28 for Reyes (11-0) while the odd man out saw it for Oezdemir with the same margin.
Wood Taps Quinonez with RNC
Bantamweight contender Nathaniel Wood looked stellar against Jose Alberto Quinonez as he dispatched the Mexican with a textbook rear-naked choke in the second.
“The Prospect” landed several stinging punches to the head and stuffed all of Quinonez’s takedown attempts in the first round and when “El Taco” was taken down in the following frame, he was doomed. Quinonez (7-3) tied Wood up and was tripped onto his back, but when the fighters scrambled, Wood (16-3) seized his back. From there, Wood latched on the choke and forced Quinonez to bow out; the end came officially at 2:46 of the stanza.
Da Silva Makes Roberts Cry Uncle
Claudio Henrique da Silva was in danger repeatedly against fellow welterweight Danny Roberts, but he still got the W.
“Hannibal” was rocked multiple times after taking clean punches to the head, but Roberts was never able to finish the Brazilian off. Whenever the fight was taken to the canvas, Silva (13-1) threatened with submission after submission, yet the Englishman escaped them all. However, after Roberts (16-4) cracked Silva with another punch and follow-up elbows on the ground, “Hot Chocolate” found himself stuck in an armbar he couldn’t escape. After Roberts slammed Silva to try and break the submission, he rolled over and shouted. Referee Kevin Sataki then halted the battle, claiming Roberts verbally submitted. Roberts protested vehemently but the ref’s decision stood; Silva won via armbar at 2:37 of the third.
Marshman Edges Phillips
In a matchup of Welsh middleweights, it was Jack Marshman who prevailed in a nip-and-tuck gloried boxing match.
Marshman (23-8) was rocked in the first from a John Phillips right hand to the head, but “The Hammer” turned things around and did just enough down the stretch to win the contest. While one judge favored Phillips (21-9) with a score of 29-28, that was overturned by the two other officials who had the same margin for Marshman, who won via split decision.
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