With March 17th looming, the UFC is still actively searching for a headline act for UFC London in the O2 Arena.
According to SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh, the UFC may be close to resolving this problem.
Kavanagh teased on Twitter that the UFC have offered his fighter Gunnar Nelson a contest against rising welterweight talent Darren Till.
The Icelandic grappling wizard has agreed to the fight and is now awaiting Liverpudlian Till’s acceptance.
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? I'm reminded of the Thatch fight, big strong striker but I think Till is tougher challenge. One way to find out… pic.twitter.com/b7U81FpzBf
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) January 24, 2018
Nelson hasn’t fought since last July, suffering a knockout loss to surging Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event at UFC Glasgow.
His last fight was mired in controversy, with Nelson claiming he had been unceremoniously poked in the eye in the build up to the fight’s finish – something not picked up on by the referee.
Nelson and his team attempted to have his loss against Ponzinibbio overturned, but this request was rejected. “Gunni” now holds a 7-3 record in the UFC with his last win coming against Alan Jouban in last year’s UFC London event.
Unlike his potential counterpart, Till is riding the crest of a wave. The proud Scouser boasts an unbeaten MMA record with four wins and a draw inside the UFC Octagon.
Till’s last appearance in the cage saw him dominate for UFC lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone on his way to a first-round TKO victory.
At 25, that impactful victory has cemented Till as one of the highly-touted prospects to watch out for in 2018.
UFC Fight Night: London streams on UFC Fight Pass internationally and broadcast on BT Sport in the UK.
Other fights officially announced for UFC London include Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz, Jack Marshman vs. Zaleski dos Santos, Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta, and Rustam Khabilov vs. Kajan Johnson.