A welterweight bout between Darren Until and Jorge Masvidal headlines UFC Battle Night time inside London’s O2 Area on Saturday.
In the USA, the prelims begin at 1 p.m. ET, and the principle card begins at Four p.m. ET. Neither might be on common cable TV wherever within the US, however you possibly can watch a dwell stream of each playing cards in your pc, telephone, or streaming machine through ESPN+, the brand new digital streaming service from ESPN that has unique protection to dozens of sporting occasions, together with UFC, each week.
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Although the principle occasion options two fighters who each misplaced their final time contained in the Octagon, that doesn’t imply they aren’t part of the welterweight title image.
Until, following wins over Wendell de Oliveira, Jessin Ayari, Bojan Veličković, Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson (and a draw vs. Nicolas Dalby) to begin his UFC profession, bought a title shot in opposition to Tyron Woodley in September however misplaced through second-round submission.
However, he was on a quick observe to stardom with these wins over Cerrone and Thompson, and one defeat doesn’t totally derail that. The truth is, if he places in a formidable efficiency in opposition to Masvidal, he believes he could get the primary shot at new champion Kamaru Usman.
“I believe [Covington] needs to battle Woodley,” Until mentioned. “I believe in his thoughts, he can beat Woodley, however he doesn’t suppose he can beat Usman.”
As for Masvidal, his most up-to-date journey to the Octagon resulted in a unanimous-decision defeat at Stephen Thompson at UFC 217 practically a year-and-a-half in the past. Following that loss, he took a while off to get wholesome, after which when he had hassle getting anybody to battle him, he went on the truth present, Exatlón Estados Unidos.
Lastly, he discovered somebody in Until who was keen to take the battle.
“This social media, new age rap crap that each one these fighters are doing now to get their title pictures, saying that they’ll battle everyone, however getting amnesia and forgetting how you can signal when that contract is of their face; that s*** ain’t cool, man,” mentioned Masvidal. “All these folks appearing like they’re the hardest dudes, however once they see you backstage, they need to take an image with you after which they’re speaking s*** — it’s a rattling joke, man.
“Now once I requested [Till] to scrap, he really made this battle occur. He retweeted it, talked to the UFC folks and mentioned he was within the bout and that’s the way it happened.”
Masvidal hasn’t really gained a battle since a second-round TKO of Cerrone in January 2017, however the truth that he’s instantly in a important occasion upon his return is indicative of how the corporate views him. He stays very harmful, and if he can beat Until, he is probably not distant from a title shot himself.
“I solely wished the hardest, greatest fights on the market,” mentioned Masvidal. “My administration, my handlers, my trainers have been like, ‘Perhaps we’ll ease into it’ and I used to be like, ‘Naw — I need the toughest, finest, highest-ranked opponent I can get.’ I wished the largest battle I might get and that is it, so let’s do it. It’s rock ’n’ roll time. I’m going to get on that rollercoaster, put my mouthpiece in and benefit from the f****** present.”
Right here’s the remainder of the principle card: Leon Edwards vs Gunnar Nelson, Volkan Oezdemir vs Dominick Reyes, Nathaniel Wooden vs Jose Albert Quinonez, Danny Roberts vs Claudio Silva and Jack Marshman vs John Phillips.
Right here’s the preliminary card fights: Arnold Allen vs Jordan Rinaldi, Marc Diakiese vs Joseph Duffy, Nicole Negurmereanu vs Saparbek Safarov, Tom Breese vs Ian Heinisch, Danny Henry vs Dan Ige, Molly McCann vs Priscila Cachoeira and Mike Grundy vs Nad Narimani.