The UFC ‘Fight Night’ roadshow is due to fly into London for some explosive MMA competition on March 16th at the O2 arena in London. This will be the eleventh event staged in England’s capital, and it promises to be a magnificent occasion indeed. The fight main event and undercard has been announced, and you can be assured of some real guts and thunder on the night.
The UFC has received worldwide acclaim under Dana White’s leadership, and his vision has brought phenomenal success to mixed martial arts competition – particularly in London. Who could forget Michael Bisping’s victory over Andersson Silva in 2016? Since the first event was staged in 2002, the MMA fighting spectacle has captivated the British audiences, and they turn out in their thousands to support each event.
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Although most pundits credit Bruce Lee for modern MMA – and quite right too – its rather short history is a little more difficult to plot. It’s actually unclear whose idea mixed martial arts was. It’s entirely possible that a little known Bartitsu club in London was in fact where it all started. Edward William Barton-Wright opened the doors to the Bartitsu Academy of Arms and Physical Culture in 1899, and subsequently laid the foundations for a fighting system that included Vigny stick fighting, Savate, Judo and Juijitsu. It may be hard for some to digest the news, but the evidence is there.
Arrive in style on Fight Night to the O2 Arena onboard a River Thames cruiser or 90 metres up in the air by cable car. Either way, you’re guaranteed a night to remember. To make your evening a little more intriguing, try and place a bet on a winning fighter. 888sport have all the odds and follow the UFC series throughout the year. You may even pick up some free bets along the way.
Darren Till or ‘The Gorilla’ as he likes to be known is an accomplished young fighter from Liverpool, who has lived in Brazil for quite some time. He left Liverpool to escape what his coach described as distractions. Make what you will of that. Darren first trained in Muay Thai but later switched to Luta Livre, which combines judo and wrestling. Till’s debut, and win against Wendell de Oliveira was an explosive display of ground and pounding an opponent. The majority of his 17 wins have come by way of knockout, and although he lost last time out, he’ll be determined to beat the 45 fight veteran Masvidal.
‘Game-bred’ Jorge Masvidal, or a dog that never gives up, will probably need that type of mantra if he is going to emerge victorious. The American is 8 years older than his opponent, and so it’s now or never for him. The durability of Masvidal is unquestionable as the majority of his fights have been by way of decision, but that doesn’t mean he can’t punch. After losing his last fight, Masvidal will undoubtedly want to bounce back against Till in London at the 02 arena. However, both men desperately need to win.