UFC London brings fans a fun Saturday afternoon event and Cageside Press has their picks set.

Staff Writers
Marshman vs. Phillips
Roberts vs. Silva
Wood vs. Quinonez
Oezdemir vs. Reyes
Edwards vs. Nelson
Till vs. Masvidal
Jason Payne (43-10)
Drake Riggs (43-10)
Heath Harshman (41-12)
Ben Smith (14-5)
Steve King (39-14)
Josh Evanoff (38-15)
Paarth Pande (37-16)
Joe McDonagh (37-16)
Tony Fagnano (18-8)
Bryson Hester (30-14)
Jay Anderson (36-17)
Mike Straus (36-17)
Gabriel Gonzalez (35-18)
Dan Doherty (34-19)
Jesse Gillette (34-19)
Shawn Bitter (34-19)
Mike McClory (20-12)
Eddie Law (32-21)
Adam LeBarr (10-7)

The main event of UFC London pits former title challenger Darren Till against former lightweight Jorge Masvidal. Till was undefeated at 17-0-1 with six fights in the Octagon before taking on Tyron Woodley for the welterweight belt, in which Woodley dominated. Masvidal is a 45-fight veteran who is 4-4 since moving up to welterweight. “Gamebred” was on a three-fight win streak before losing decisions to Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson. 11 writers picked Till while eight picked Masvidal.

The co-main event is a matchup of grapplers in Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson. Edwards comes in on a six-fight win streak with an 8-2 record in the promotion, losing to champion Kamaru Usman and Claudio Silva in his debut. Nelson’s last six victories have come by submission, but he is 6-3 in that stretch. He most recently returned from over a year-long layoff to submit Alex Oliveira in December. 15 of 19 writers picked Edwards.

Dominick Reyes battles Volkan Oezdemir for a top spot in the light heavyweight division. Reyes is a talented striker who is 4-0 in the Octagon with three stoppages, most recently defeating Ovince Saint Preux. Oezdemir quickly rose through the UFC with three wins against top-10 opponents in his first three appearances. He came up short in a title shot against Daniel Cormier, and couldn’t bounce back in a bout against Anthony Smith. All but three writers picked Reyes.

Nathaniel Wood, aptly nicknamed “The Prospect,” takes on Jose Quinonez. Wood is on a seven-fight win streak, stopping every one of those opponents, two of which were in the Octagon. Quinonez joined the promotion with just a 3-1 record as a finalist for TUF: Latin America. Since losing to Alejandro Perez in the finals, Quinonez is on a four-fight win streak, most recently defeating Teruto Ishihara. All but one writer sided with Wood.

Claudio Silva continues his return run against Danny Roberts. Silva was 2-0 in the Octagon way back in 2014 before injuries led to a nearly four-year layoff. Silva returned in May with a win over Nordine Taleb. Roberts has a solid 5-2 record in the Octagon and is coming into UFC London on a two-fight win streak. 13 writers picked Silva to Roberts’ six.

Jack Marshman and John Phillips provide an exciting start to the UFC London main card. Marshman, a former Cage Warriors middleweight champion, is 2-3 in the Octagon and is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. Phillips is also on a two-fight losing streak after injuries kept him from making his promotional debut in 2017. All but three writers picked Marshman.

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