With UFC Fight Night 127 in London, England on March 17th now less than two months away the promotion are still looking to establish a headliner for the occasion.
The latest word according to Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh is that a welterweight clash between Darren Till and Gunnar Nelson could lead the show.
“So @ufc have offered @GunniNelson v @darrentill2 main event #UFCLondon we’ve agreed so hoping to hear confirmation soon 🤜how do you guys like the match up?” Kavanagh wrote on Twitter.
“I’m reminded of the Thatch fight, big strong striker but I think Till is tougher challenge. One way to find out…”
Kavanagh is referring to a fight between Nelson and dangerous striker Brandon Thatch, which took place at UFC 189 in 2015, which ‘Gunni’ won by submission in the first round.
Since then, Nelson has gone 2-2 in the division, with wins over Albert Tumenov and Alan Jouban being evened out by defeats against Damien Maia and Santiago Ponzinibbio.
As for Till, the undefeated English fighter has marked himself out as one of the most exciting rising contenders in the 170lb weight clash in recent times, going 5-0 in the Octagon so far.
Most impressively, Till easily handled Donald Cerrone in his last fight, dominating the striking exchanges before TKO’ing him late in the first round.
If Till Vs Nelson does go ahead as the UFC Fight Night 127 main event then it means that former middleweight champion Michael Bisping has opted not to compete on the card.
Bisping had always intended for the London card to host his retirement fight, but as we reported yesterday, he appeared to be having second thoughts about doing so and was now considering the possibility of just hanging up his gloves for good without a final swan song.