On Saturday March 16th, the UFC returns to the O2 Arena in London, England.

In the main event of the evening, Englishman Darren Till and the hard-nosed Jorge Masvidal will throw down in an attempt to insert their names in the 170 title picture.

Home crowd advantage for The Gorilla

There is no doubt that the O2 will be rocking by the time the pride of the Merseyside Till makes the walk down to the octagon, as his fellow countrymen are littered throughout the card, and we all know how die-hard an English fan-base can be. When Sweet Caroline hits the speakers, you will be hard-pressed to find a soul in that arena not belting out the lyrics along with Darren Till. Till’s latest walkout against Stephen Thompson was the stuff of legend, and it is a clip that will be remembered forever when talking about getting a crowd on their feet.

Gamebred’s long layoff

It’s been over a year since we last saw Jorge Masvidal inside the octagon. The last time we did, he was out-pointed by Stephen Thompson in a more underwhelming performance, which of course is something we are used to seeing when an opponent is up against Wonderboy.

Whether you are a believer in ring rust or not, throw it out of the window when talking about Masvidal. The guy has been fighting all of his life and doesn’t give a damn about who is in front of him, and what the circumstances are, he’s coming to fight. Anyone who grew up doing this, simply is not effected by ring rust.

Heart

What this fight is going to come down to is simply… heart.

Both of these men have made a living off of being able to put sense aside and just stand and pour everything they have onto the mat. They are both honorable fan favorites who have nothing yet everything to prove at the same time.

Till will have the O2 Arena behind him, Masvidal comes in with the 209 type attitude that has taken him this far, who’s got what it takes to withstand each others heart, pressure and most importantly… each others punches?

I’m going with the upset here! I’m taking Masvidal via submission at some point in the fight. I think that his wrestling will get the better of Till, and he will tire out the Scouser as the fight drags on, eventually leading to a choke.

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