The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to England with UFC Fight Night 147 held at The O2 Arena in London on March 17 (AEDT). MMA event billed as UFC on ESPN+ 5 featured the six-fight main card following the preliminary card also comprising six bouts. Middleweight Tom Breese was forced to withdraw from his undercard bout against Ian Heinisch due to health concerns.
In the main event Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal faced off in the scheduled for five rounds welterweight bout. The contest ended prior the final bell with the latter earning the win by knockout in the second round.
The co-main event featured another welterweight matchup between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson. The bout went the distance with Edwards taking a split decision.
The winners of the headline-bouts appeared to have enough fuel left in the tank for a backstage punch on. “Gamebred” was conducting an interview with Laura Sanko when Edwards allegedly interrupted him with some comments. Masvidal walked towards him and the punches were thrown. The video of the incident can be found below.
“I can’t even believe that this happened,” UFC President Dana White told Brett Okamoto of ESPN (via Twitter). “We [UFC] need to do a much better job of making sure this s**t doesn’t happen at any of our events.”
Meanwhile some fans got “crafty” with editing the Wikipedia page of Masvidal giving him a second win for the night, Larry Brown Sports reported. This was the following “clever” edit made on the UFC London related Wikipedia page.
— Parviz Iskenderov (@parviziskender) March 17, 2019
Also on the main card Dominick Reyes took a split decision against Volkan Oezdemir, and Nathaniel Wood submitted Jose Quinonez in the second round. The complete fight results from UFC London can be found below.
Jorge Masvidal def. Darren Till by KO (punch, R2 at 3:05)
Leon Edwards def. Gunnar Nelson by split decision (29-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Dominick Reyes def. Volkan Oezdemir by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Nathaniel Wood def. Jose Quinonez by submission (RNC, R2 at 2:46)
Claudio Silva def. Danny Roberts by submission (armbar, R3 at 3:37)
Jack Marshman def. John Phillips by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Arnold Allen def. Jordan Rinaldi by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
Marc Diakiese def. Joseph Duffy by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Saparbek Safarov def. Nicolae Negumereanu by unanimous decision (29-26 x2, 29-27)
Dan Ige def. Danny Henry by submission (RNC, R1 at 1:17)
Molly McCann def. Priscila Cachoeira by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mike Grundy def. Nad Narimani by TKO (punches, R2 at 4:42)