Liverpool’s Darren Except suffered a shock loss to Jorge Masvidal within the critical occasion at UFC London in entrance of a sold-out crowd on the O2 Enviornment.
The American weak produced a devastating knockout within the 2d round to inflict most efficient the 2d defeat of Except’s UFC occupation.
Except, combating for the first time since his title loss to Tyron Woodley in September, modified into once heavily tipped to bounce back on the first time of asking and gives himself one other shot on the welterweight crown.
However, on a night that saw ragged championMichael Bisping inducted into the UFC Corridor of Popularity,Except modified into once dropped by a brutal left hand that will no query push him further down the pecking mumble for a struggle in opposition to newly-crowned champion Kamaru Usman.
Returning to a success methods on the first strive modified into once repeatedly prime of Except’s agenda in opposition to the damaging Masvidal, after struggling the first loss of his UFC occupation to Woodley in Dallas.
Except raised the roof on his final look within the UK in his dwelling metropolis of Liverpool, and modified into once yet again buoyed by English give a engage to within the capital as he guided the crowd via a rendition of Candy Caroline on his arrival within the octagon.
However the home accepted’s relaxed demeanour most efficient made the knockout more of a surprise.
Masvidal likes to play on the reality he loves “combating in folks’s backyards” and insisted beforehand he would must make the bout throughout the space in issue of let it inch to the judges.
And he stored to his be conscious to shut his have trot of successive defeats, as smartly as play up to his have tagline.
“I received dropped within the first and that made me wake up,” stated Masvidal after the struggle. “I wished to acquire him back straight away.
“I cherish the scrap – Darren is so tricky. Sooner than I dropped him I hit him with some bombs and the dude pretty smiled at me cherish, cherish I draw to utterly different folks.
“The kid is headed far – he’s going locations evidently.
“I wish to struggle for the belt now. Darren most efficient has one loss and that is to the champion. I’ve received a enormous physique of labor on this division and this corporation. Or not it is my time and I need that belt.”
Except did not give any interviews after the struggle, as a alternative going to sanatorium for tests.
What subsequent for Except?
The bout started in frantic vogue as Masvidal came leaping in the direction of Except and caught the English fighter with a low kick, for which he apologised, however it indubitably perceived to rattle Except.
Nonetheless the Liverpudlian spoke back with some showmanship of his have, shrugging off a few tried strikes from his opponent earlier than the knockout blow landed.
Except has spoken about the anxiousness of his 2d-round loss to Woodley, however the welterweight division has moved on all straight away within the previous six months and Except’s issue is now unclear.
Woodley has since lost the title to Usman and, with Woodley doubtlessly living to face fellow American and ragged length in-between champion Colby Covington subsequent, because the division’s number three Except hoped to step up his campaign to face the Nigerian newly-crowned champion.
However now he could perhaps moreover simply must scrutinize someplace else for his subsequent struggle on the promotion, with Leon Edwards having a sound inform to coping with his fellow countryman after beating Gunnar Nelson within the co-predominant occasion, whereas UFC newcomer Ben Askren will moreover be ready within the wings after attending the occasion as guest fighter and undertaking a Twitter spat with Except within the invent-up.
Edwards makes it seven in a row
Birmingham fighter Edwards made no secret within the invent-up to UFC London that he felt he must be combating Except within the headline bout, however as a alternative the number 10 welterweight modified into once handed a co-predominant occasion struggle in opposition to Nelson.
And he stored to his close of the chop designate, taking a damage up-choice victory to develop his a success sprint to seven fights – a trot that stretches back to a loss to now-champion Usman in December 2015.
Edwards’ improved grappling skills saw him match submission specialist Nelson, a group-mate of Irish smartly-known particular person Conor McGregor, throughout the first round however give a engage to for his opponent – along with the now-trademark Icelandic thunderclap – modified into once deafening.
It modified into once the Englishman who yet again ended round two on the ****** as he pounced on a stumble from Nelson to throw a flurry of bad strikes on the ground which proved sufficient to clinch him the bout.
“I indubitably feel correct, I’m on a seven-struggle a success sprint now in even handed one of the crucial hardest divisions within the sport,” stated Edwards.
“The winner of the critical occasion, that must be my struggle.”
Admire most folks throughout the O2, Edwards expected that to be Except, in issue of Masvidal.
However in a single other pretty twist, Masvidal and Edwards came to blows because the American walked far from a submit-struggle interview, with Masvidal throwing a few punches in the direction of the Englishman as Edwards modified into once hauled away by his group.
The incident modified into once all straight away dealt with by the UFC’s security group.
Wood extends unbeaten commence
Nathaniel Wood did not disappoint on his first UFC look within the UK because the bantamweight prolonged his unbeaten open to lifestyles on the promotion to some successive wins with a 2d-round submission in opposition to Mexican Jose Quinonez.
The 25-Twelve months-old Londoner had been eyeing a living on this card since his UFC debut final June and the ragged Cage Warriors champion modified into a fans’ accepted from the 2d he stepped into the octagon on the O2 Enviornment.
‘The Prospect’, whose final skedaddle to the venue modified into once to gaze his now mentor and coach Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett in circulation five years within the past, modified into once the more aggressive throughout and introduced the total crowd to its toes when he compelled Quinonez to faucet out with a rear-naked choke retain.
“This indubitably come so worthy to me,” stated Wood. “It indubitably is a dream come correct.”
Meanwhile, a “gutted”Danny Robertsfelt his welterweight contest with London-based completelyClaudio Silvawill must were given longer after the referee stopped it for a verbal faucet out within the third round.
“Yes, I could perhaps need made noise and grunted – I modified into once anxiousness – however I modified into once ready to salvage interaction it the total come,” stated the English fighter.
Meanwhile, AmericanDominick Reyestook his gentle-heavyweight bout in opposition to Switzerland’sVolkan Oezdemiron a damage up choice, earlier than calling out UFC champion Jon Jones.
Marshman wins ‘Battle of Wales’
The first struggle on the critical card modified into once dubbed the ‘Battle of Wales’, however there modified into once higher than nationwide pride at stake with the loser of the middleweight bout shining their issue within the UFC could perhaps moreover simply moreover be underneath threat.
The honor betweenJack MarshmanandJohn Phillipsmodified into once glaring – Phillips stopping to let his countryman to his toes within the first round earlier than sharing a excessive-five – however when the damage consequence went in Marshman’s favour by come of damage up choice it modified into once greeted by boos from some throughout the field.
Phillips modified into once left to shrug his shoulders within the direction of his nook, and ponder his future on the promotion.
There modified into once no such reaction earlier when Molly McCann earned the first engage of her UFC occupation.
‘Meatball’ stated she “couldn’t be taught about” by the point her struggle with Brazilian Priscilla Cachoeira modified into once over, however irrespective of the Liverpudlian’s detect being entirely swollen shut she took a unanimous choice after a brutal three rounds.
Mike Grundystarted his occupation within the UFC with a bang as he stopped fellow Englishman Nad Narimani within the 2d round.