The Darren Till Hype Train Has Been Derailed… Jorge Masvidal Got One of the Biggest Wins of His Career by Smashing Out the Scouser in Front of a London Crowd…
This fight had massive ramifications for both men. Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till were in London this week, knowing that a win for either man could realistically put them a fight or two away from a title shot. Fighting in front of his compatriots, Till was the betting favourite going into this one, with many sleeping on Masvidal’s chances of winning.
Masvidal is quietly one of the most violent men on the roster. He’s fought an incredible 46 times in his professional career and began fighting on the street when he was a younger man. The Cuban-American has won a lot of fans in the last couple of months for basically being like the Diaz brothers, except that he’s actually fighting.
Watch the clips below of Masvidal bouncing Till’s head off of the canvas in London to end the Scouser’s hopes of another welterweight title shot. This is pure violence.
— Chris Chambers (@CapitalChambo) March 16, 2019
This fight was excellent for as long as it lasted. Till arguably took the first round, with both men trading punches and combinations. Despite the Liverpool fighter tagging him towards the end of the round, ‘Gamebred’ kept obstinately coming forward and landed a few good shots of his own.
The second round was where the finish happened. Till had been letting loose with the jabs, but all of a sudden Masvidal found some room with his hooks. He moved forward with a massive one-two, dropping ‘The Gorilla’ to the floor in savage fashion, with referee Marc Goddard on the scene to intervene as quickly as he could. It was one of the most violent finishes of 2019 so far.
I just witnessed Darren Till’s head bounce off the canvas higher than I can jump
Beautiful performance from Jorge Masvidal pic.twitter.com/P1UsiBGoEA
— Dylan (@dylangonzalez21) March 16, 2019
Till wasn’t even the only Englishman that Masvidal fought on the night. He ended up getting into a brawl backstage in London’s O2 Arena with Birmingham’s Leon Edwards. Edwards had beaten Gunnar Nelson by unanimous decision in the co-main event and was quick to get into it with Masvidal.
However, he didn’t count on ‘Gamebred’s streetfighter alter-ego coming out, because the Miami fighter was straight out there with his punches in crazy scenes that saw Dana White shaking his head in frustration yet again. What a night for Masvidal.
— ern.s3 (@ErnestSIII) March 16, 2019
This result could have a massive impact on both men’s careers. Till was touted as the next big thing in the welterweight division before he fought Tyron Woodley. Now he’s been finished two fights in a row and finds himself looking up the division again. The best thing to come out of this for him might be that he finally moves up to light-heavyweight.
Meanwhile, Ali Abdelaziz has said that Masvidal deserves the title shot ahead of Colby Covington. First of all, Masvidal and Covington are friends so ‘Gamebred’ isn’t going to rock the boat there. The second issue is that he had lost to Stephen Thompson and Damian Maia in his last two fights. It will take at least another win to get into genuine title contention. Could that be against Edwards?