UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal
|UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||March 16, 2019|
|Venue||The O2 Arena|
UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal (also known as UFC Fight Night 147 or UFC on ESPN+ 5) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on March 16, 2019 at The O2 Arena in London, England.
Alessio Di Chirico was expected to face Tom Breese at the event. However, Di Chirico pulled out of the fight in early January citing an undisclosed injury and subsequent surgery. On January 8, it was reported that The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil middleweight winner Cezar Ferreira would be his replacement. Ferreira and Breese were expected to meet at UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio in November 2018, but Breese pulled out due to injury. In turn, Ferreira withdrew from the bout on February 1, citing a knee injury. Breese was expected to face Ian Heinisch. However, the fight was cancelled on the day of the event due to undisclosed health issues for Breese.
Gökhan Saki was scheduled to face Saparbek Safarov at the event. However Saki pulled out of the fight in late February due to an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Nicolae Negumereanu.
At the weigh-ins, Jack Marshman weighed in at 188 lbs, 2 pounds over the middleweight non-title fight limit of 186 lbs. He was fined 20% of his fight purse and his bout against John Phillips proceeded at catchweight.
During the main card broadcast, the UFC announced that former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping (also The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight winner) will be inducted in the UFC's Hall of Fame during "International Fight Week" in July, a day before UFC 239.
The event was marked by a brief backstage altercation between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards as Masvidal was conducting a post-fight interview with ESPN reporter Laura Sanko. The altercation, broadcast by ESPN resulted in an open cut under the left eye of Edwards and received coverage under specialized media outlets. In posterior interviews, each of the fighters have diverging accounts of the events. Edwards declined to press charges. UFC President Dana White did not manifest sanctions to either of the fighters however has blamed his own staff .
|Main Card (ESPN+)|
|Welterweight||Jorge Masvidal||def.||Darren Till||KO (punches)||2||3:05|
|Welterweight||Leon Edwards||def.||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (split) (29–27, 29–28, 28–29)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Dominick Reyes||def.||Volkan Oezdemir||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Nathaniel Wood||def.||José Quiñónez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||2:46|
|Welterweight||Cláudio Silva||def.||Danny Roberts||Submission (armbar)||3||2:37|
|Catchweight (188 lbs)||Jack Marshman||def.||John Phillips||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN+)|
|Featherweight||Arnold Allen||def.||Jordan Rinaldi||Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Marc Diakiese||def.||Joseph Duffy||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Saparbek Safarov||def.||Nicolae Negumereanu||Decision (unanimous) (29–26, 29–26, 29–27)||3||5:00||[a]|
|Featherweight||Dan Ige||def.||Danny Henry||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||1:17|
|Women's Flyweight||Molly McCann||def.||Priscila Cachoeira||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Mike Grundy||def.||Nad Narimani||TKO (punches)||2||4:42|
- Safarov was deducted a point in round 1 for continuously grabbing the cage.
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Jorge Masvidal vs. Darren Till
- Performance of the Night: Jorge Masvidal and Dan Ige
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