DARREN TILL VS JORGE MASVIDAL MARCH 16, 2019 THE O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND, UK Till vs Masvidal welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal is expected to serve as the event headliner.
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 will 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 is now expected to face Ian Heinisch.
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.
Most of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s slate in March is a run of interchangeable cards, so it is nice for once to see London actually get the best of the bunch. For a good while now, the promotion has taken its British fans for granted. Aside from Michael Bisping’s 2016 campaign, the UFC has mostly been content to throw together a card full of local fighters as an afterthought and call it a day. This time, a trio of top-tier fights headline UFC Fight Night 147, and English MMA has produced enough interesting prospects that even the undercard provides a solid mix of action and relevance.