Darren Till: “I’m ready for war”

Tomorrow night, the O2 Arena in London will host UFC Fight Night: Till v Masvidal. In what will be the 11th UFC event in the capital, the card is stacked with a wealth of UK talent from the off. Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow nights showdowns, Darren Till, Leon Edwards and Nathaniel Wood give us there thoughts on their opponents, amongst other things.

Darren Till

On his new opponent: “I have to give 100% respect to Jorge. We are very similar, I am the same person on and off the camera and so is he. All I will say to him is be ready for Saturday because I am ready for war with you and I am hoping he is feeling the same.”

On his training: “I am feeling very strong in camp. I feel good when I run and when I am on the pads. I have full trust in Colin my coach. He works on the analysis and strategy and brings that to training. My job in training is to give 100% and evolve and that is what we have been doing.”

On his future: “I cannot look past Jorge as he is a quality fighter but there are a lot of fights out there for me. Leon Edwards, Colby Covington, Ben Askren have all been calling me out. It is a very exciting division. I would love a fight at Anfield and I believe I can make that happen!”

Leon Edwards

On his opponent: “I have a big task ahead of me but I’m looking forward to it. I knew this fight with Gunnar would eventually come, he’s better than a lot of people in the top ten of this division. I’m focused on beating him this Saturday.”

On his preparation “It’s gone well. I’ve been focussing on myself and haven’t thought too much about Gunnar.”

On what to expect from him this weekend “I see myself having my hand raised this Saturday. It’ll bring me to a seven-fight win streak. I’ll be ready to take on the winner of the main event.”

On what’s next for Edwards: “When I beat Gunnar, I would love to fight whoever wins this weekend’s main event in the summer. I’m ready for it!”

Nathaniel Wood

On the fight: “I’m going for a first-round knockout. I’m usually a submission guy but will be gunning for that knockout.”

On fighting in London: “I’m buzzing. It’s a dream come true and is going to be a spectacular night. I first came to the 02 as a fan to watch Brad Pickett fight and made a promise to myself that one day I would fight at the 02 in the UFC. Now that dream has become reality.”

On advice from Brad: “That it’s going to be the best feeling in the world. It’s always nice to travel for fights but you can’t be beat fighting in front of your home crowd.”

On his UFC career: “I feel good. This is where I’m supposed to be. I’ve trained for 10 years to get here so it’s nice to finally enjoy the moment.”

On his aspirations / weight division: “It’s obviously a stacked division but competition is good. Pressure makes diamonds and I’ll only rise to the occasion. My main aim to get into the top 10 and knock people out on my way to number one.”

On his opponent: “I haven’t seen too much of him but he’s obviously very talented like everyone competing in the UFC. Saying that, I don’t think he can beat me in any area unless I make a mistake. I’m confident. I need to make sure I turn up and get that win.”

Main Card (8pm BT Sport)

Welterweight: Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal

Welterweight: Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson

Light Heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes

Bantamweight: Nathaniel Wood vs. José Alberto Quiñónez

Welterweight: Danny Roberts vs. Cláudio Silva

Catchweight (188 lbs): Jack Marshman vs. John Phillips

Preliminary Card (5pm UFC Fight Pass)

Featherweight: Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi

Lightweight: Marc Diakiese vs. Joseph Duffy

Light Heavyweight: Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Saparbek Safarov

Middleweight: Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch

Featherweight: Danny Henry vs. Dan Ige

Flyweight: Molly McCann vs. Priscila Cachoeira

Featherweight: Mike Grundy vs. Nad Narimani

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