Similar to last week in Wichita – if you can remember it, the UFC London started slowly before it ended with a bang. Leon Edwards secured a decisive victory over Gunnar Nelson in the Co-Main, while Jorge Masvidal stunned the world with a brutal knockout by Darren Till in the main event. Unlike UFC Wichita, the fireworks did not end with the closing of the main event when Masvidal struck a brawl with Edwards amid a backstage interview. We still do not know the impact of the brawl – not even if Masvidal will lose $ 100,000 in bonus money – but it will most likely have negative consequences for Masvidal. Some may say the event ended with a bitter ending, but at least it was memorable …
Leon Edwards: Edwards made a damn statement that he deserved to be in the main event The competitors shaking Nelson's face with brutal blows to end the second round. Do not be fooled by the split decision, Edwards won the fight comfortably and won the clinch exchange with elbows every single break. It was a strong statement. The biggest advantage for him, however, was the argument with Masvidal in the backstage. It focuses on Edwards, who was not there before and is likely to lead a high-profile contest with Masvidal.
Nathaniel Wood: The question was how good Wood could be against a mill like Jose Quinonez. Wood voiced all of this concern by firing at Wood from the opening bell until he was hit in the middle of Quinonez's second round. One of Bantamweight's Unexpected Prospects ̵
Claudio Silva and Danny Roberts: Many controversies on this topic. I did not hear a scream from Roberts, but that does not mean it did not happen. In this case, cries of pain count as verbal submission. Apart from the controversy, it was an entertaining contest where Silva won clearly before the substitution came. Even if Silva won, Roberts showed more abilities on the ground than anyone had believed, even if it was not the most technical representation. Faced with the controversy of the end-sequence, I could not find in my heart putting Roberts in the losing column, even if it looked like he was on his way to a loss. What pushed me over the edge is that people are talking about him and his stock has risen. Yes, in the long run it is a good night for Roberts.
Marc Diakiese: I was wondering what the hell the UFC matchmakers did when the Diakiese played against Joe Duffy when the Englishman had a three-way defeat. Apparently they know better than me (this time). The youngster compiled the most complete performance of his career. He awoke renewed interest in him after many had written off him. If he can build the discipline he has added to his stroke, Diakiese could fulfill the once-high expectations that were placed on him a few years ago.
Saparbeg Safarov: I do not want to bring Safarov here. Never in the history of the MMA have there been such monstrous teeth grabbers who deserve a DQ. And yet Safarov got away with it and got his first UFC victory. Until the referees are able to overcome their fear of directly influencing a competition – their job is to do so, if circumstances require – we will get performances like Safarov's from the fighters … and I can not blame them. We may not like how Safarov won, but what would you do if your job was in the lead?
Dan Ige: Before I come to Ige's impressive performance, he relies on his speech after the battle over the New Zealand tragedy. Ige has proved to be a class act and anyone who disagrees can go to hell. Ige has also proven to be a moron who killed an extremely tough Danny Henry in 77 seconds. I still have concerns about Ige's tank, but that will not be a problem if he eliminates the competition so quickly.
Molly McCann: McCann's mutilated eye could be the image we all put behind our barn burner with Priscila Cachoeira in mind, but McCann's better base game should also be considered. The Briton still has a long way to go, but she opened the shot so far that she could comfortably take the first two rounds before her eye was swollen in the last picture. She looks like she's an action campaign.
Mike Grundy: They expect a world-class wrestler to achieve an impressive victory. Nope. Grundy insisted on putting his strength on his feet, and set a standing position as he placed the punishment hard and heavy on Nad Narimani. I am already 32 years old and would like to see the Englishman's UFC express.
Ben Askren: It was great for the Funky. He wins a controversial victory over former champion Robbie Lawler and has everyone in the division shoot him. Everything he does is still public to keep himself relevant. With all the people who want a piece of Askren, he has the choice between fighting. Fighters may want to take lessons from him to promote themselves.
Darren Till: Although it was a bad night for Till, we do not take his solid performance in the first round. He had defeated Masvidal early in the first round, which undoubtedly gave him a good first round. However, his longtime defensive habits returned to bite him in the ass and Masvidal knocked him out. With two final losses in a row, Till is not near the title conversation. Probably he will never be again … at least welterweight. The 24-year-old's difficulties in winning 170 people are well documented, and it has been talked about for a long time that he would switch to middleweight. It's hard to believe he will not do it now if he has a huge welterweight climb on the cover. Besides, you never know how a fighter will react to the first loss of the knockout of his career. This marks a crucial point in Till's career.
Jose Quinonez: Expecting a loss of Quinonez, I expected him to be more competitive. He came to a four-fight winning streak – all in the UFC – just to look like he did not deserve to be in the same cage as Wood. In other words, Quinonez was a beneficiary of cheap matchmaking in this fight. Yes, I am in no way excited about his future.
Jack Marshman and John Phillips: To be honest, there was an indication of what these two could do. Phillips had a knockdown in the first round, with Marshman scoring one in the second. Besides, it was only Phillips who pursued Marshman with one shot or the other. It certainly was not the fireworks we all expected from this competition. If your reputation is that of an action fighter, you better deliver it when you bring it together with another person. These two did not deliver.
Jordan Rinaldi: I do not want to hate Rinaldi too much. He went the distance against a fighter who was superior in every way. However, Rinaldi also gave everyone the most profitable fight Rinaldi could have expected, and he could not nearly match a victory. Yes … putting Rinaldi in the loser's column is appropriate.
Joe Duffy: I do not know if Diakiese hurt Duffy's leg so early that he never looked like himself or if he just lost a step. Even so, Duffy never looked right. In fact, it even questions how good Duffy was ever. What is his best UFC victory? Reza Madadi? I know that he has a win against Conor McGregor, but that was again in 2010. You know, before Josh Koscheck challenged GSP for the title. Yes, a lot has changed since then. I think I get off the train at this point.
Nicolae Negumereanu: While I feel at Negumereanu all the fraud he received at the end of Safarov, it is not so. The newcomer has shown everything to believe he deserves his squad. Safarov had not earned the rank of roster before and Negumereanu was dominated. The boy will have to take some HUGE steps if he hopes to stay awhile. Danny Henry: I enjoyed Henry's underdog story. Then Ige destroyed his world and secured a template in just 77 seconds. Henry is not a great athlete, but he is tough and can take a lot of punishment. He's fucking fun in the right match. Unfortunately, he could not show that against Ige.
Nad Narimani: 30 seconds after the start of the contest and I regretted having selected Narimani. His body language was without confidence and showed in his performance. Aside from the brief period in which he rocked Grundy in the second second, there was never a point where Narimani was in control or threatened. That loss screams to me why Team Alpha Male needs a head coach, as Narimani did not seem to have a direction to fight.
Leon Roberts: Did you see how many attackers Safarov got away with? Roberts is responsible for Safarov getting away with the murder in the cage to make sure that the Russian has won his first UFC victory. I do not care if he took a point, it should have been a disqualification. Very poor office of Roberts.
Referee: I know, I already chose Roberts – his problems were more annoying than the others – but it was a bad night for officiating in general. Even before the competition between Silva and Roberts was interrupted, there were some questionable calls from referee Kevin Sataki. And have you seen the eye injuries at McCann and Nelson? These battles would probably have had to be stopped. Yes, things were not good.
Ringside Doctors: Admittedly, I can not fully blame the referees for failing to finish the competitions with McCann and Nelson. The doctors have more authority in this call than the refs. The fan inside me was glad that the competitions continued – especially with McCann, as it would have cost them the win – but doctors should not care about the competitiveness or entertainment value of a competition. They should protect the fighters from themselves. I do not think they did that effectively.
Jorge Masvidal: I did not want to bring Masvidal here. At the immediate conclusion of the event, he was the biggest winner of the night. His KO from Till was an early contender for KOoTY. He put his name back to the top of the division. Then he joined Leon Edwards – the fighter – in the middle of an interview with Laura Sanko. It has not cleared all positive points for Masvidal, but it certainly colored Masvidal's win and could well lead to a suspension. The fact that the UFC regulated the event is probably for Masvidal, as I would expect them to run easier than a state sports commission, but it's still a bad thing. Dominick Reyes and Volkan Oezdemir: I know that many people did not agree with the decision, but I thought Reyes' volume proved more damaging in the last two rounds. However, that does not mean that it was not a disappointing performance by the teenager and I would not have been upset if the judges preferred Oezdemir. Reyes had very high high expectations for this competition and did not fulfill it. Nobody is excited to see him next to Jon Jones, so definitely nothing happens. However, given the difficulties he faced, it could be an effective learning experience for him.
Regarding Oezdemir, he put together the most complete performance of his UFC career and mixed the wrestling with his grave offense. It was not enough to finish the job, but he is still a solid top ten light heavyweight despite having lost three fights. I can no longer call him a loser after this idea.
Arnold Allen: The only reason Allen is not a winner is that I have high expectations for him … just as I do for Reyes. The boy looks like he's made of marble, he's an excellent scrambler and tough as a nail. There was unrest when he had Rinaldi on the ropes, but he should have beaten Rinaldi. Instead of hating me, consider my high expectations as a compliment. Allen can be good. Very good . I'm still waiting to find out.
Priscila Cachoeira: I will not sell snake oil to anyone. Cachoeira is not very good. I should probably put her in the loser's column. But damn it, she has so much damn heart that I can not find myself putting her there. It's hard not to admire her toughness because she made two vicious blows in her two UFC competitions. I'm shocked if she can secure a victory someday, but she'll get the person in the cage to earn it.