Darren Till vs. Gunnar Nelson in England? The two welterweights seem more than down

If a willing dancing partner was what was missing, Gunnar Nelson might just have solved Darren Till’s problem.

After Till made the most out of his biggest career opportunity yet, knocking out Donald Cerrone in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 118 encounter, it seemed like a welterweight bout with UFC 217 winner Stephen Thompson was all but certain – and that it would take place in Till’s native England.

That specific matchup, MMAFighting.com later reported, was promptly shot down by the possibly injured Thompson’s camp  – a rejection that Till took in stride, so long as he still got to fight in his Liverpool grounds, whether that meant fighting “ideal” Thompson, Mike Perry, Colby Covington or Gunnar Nelson.

At least one of them took him up on it. This Friday, after Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) took to Instagram to address the “scared” competition, Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) responded a to-the-point “I’m game, big boy.” To which Till, in equally direct manner, agreed with a “let’s go.” (via Twitter)

Nelson was even kind enough to ask if they should meet in Till’s Liverpool or London, where UFC Fight Night 128 is set to take place on March 17. When Till answered it didn’t matter (in less polite terms), Nelson invited a few interested parties – UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby included – to push things along (via Twitter).

Now, we wait to see if the part of these types of negotiations that takes place behind closed doors delivers. But, judging by the exchange, it would appear at least the two main players are not only into it – but growing impatient already (via Twitter).

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson? Don't get too excited just yet

UFC President Dana White made headlines late Tuesday night when he said, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, that the promotion was moving its Feb. 24 event from Orlando to England to have rising welterweight Darren Till headline vs. Stephen Thompson in his home country.

As it turns out, that wasn’t entirely true, which Pugmire clarified today in a series of tweets.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s start with this fact: UFC Fight Night 127 already was announced for Feb. 24 at Amway Center in Orlando. And, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, that remains unchanged.

It seems the UFC planned to put the undefeated Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC), coming off a huge win over Donald Cerrone, on that card but would now rather have him headline in his hometown of Liverpool – which, of course, makes a ton of sense. For what it’s worth, the UFC declined comment when reached by MMAjunkie.

Where the confusion comes into play is Pugmire seemingly drawing the conclusion – based on White’s quote – that the UFC aimed to relocate UFC Fight Night 127 from Orlando to Liverpool. Potentially standing in the way of that are a few things.

First, there’s the fact that Liverpool’s Echo Arena is already booked for Cage Warriors 90 on Feb. 24, although, given the good working relationship between the two promotions, one would think Cage Warriors would give up the venue for the UFC’s debut in the city.

Then again, if the UFC really wants Till to headline a card in England, the easy choice would be UFC Fight Night 128 just three weeks later on March 17 at The O2 in London. But it sounds like Liverpool specifically is what the UFC wants.

Last, but not least, another potential road block is whether or not the UFC’s reported desired opponent for Till will be healthy enough by Feb. 24 – or if he even wants the fight. Thompson’s father and coach, Ray Thompson, told MMAFighting.com that there’s no interest in Till and that such a matchup hadn’t even been pitched by the UFC. Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) faces a 45-day medical suspension after his win over Jorge Masvidal this past weekend at UFC 217. Who knows if “Wonderboy” will even be ready on time?

So, basically, the UFC wants a specific thing to happen – Till headlining in his hometown of Liverpool. But it’ll take a lot of shifting parts to make that a reality.

We’ll wait and see.

For more on UFC Fight Night 127, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Dana White: Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson happening Feb. 24 in England

The UFC is giving popular rising English welterweight Darren Till the fight he asked for – and in his home country, no less.

The undefeated 24-year-old Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) will take on former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 24 that, according to the UFC’s website, will air on FOX.

That date was recently announced as UFC Fight Night 127 in Orlando, Fla., but UFC President Dana White revealed during a Q&A tonight in Santa Monica, Calif, that the event will be moved to England, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

White did not specify if Till’s hometown of Liverpool will host the event or if it will take place elsewhere.

Till, No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is coming off a first-round knockout of Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 last month. Till is unbeaten during his five-fight tenure with the promotion and hasn’t lost during his 17-fight career.

No. 2-ranked Thompson, meanwhile, accepts a quick booking after beating Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision at UFC 217 this past weekend. “Wonderboy” returned to the win column following two failed title bids against current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley.

For more on UFC Fight Night 127, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Georges St-Pierre and UFC 217's other winning fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 217’s losing fighters?)

The UFC landscape shifted on Saturday with UFC 217, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, and featured a record-setting three title changes on the pay-per-view main card, which followed prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former longtime UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) made history by becoming the organization’s fourth two-division titleholder, winning the middleweight crown from Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) courtesy of a third-round technical submission.

Prior to St-Pierre’s comeback performance, T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) also regained UFC gold when he took out former teammate and training partner Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the bantamweight strap. And in a third title change, Rose Namajunas (7-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) became the new UFC strawweight champ when she halted the momentum of Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) with a first-round knockout.

Other winners from the main card included two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) and undefeated middleweight prospect Paulo Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 217’s winning fighters.

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Paulo Costa

Brad Tavares

Should fight: Brad Tavares
Why they should fight: Rising middleweight prospect Costa picked up a monumental victory for his young career when he defeated former champion Johny Hendricks by second-round TKO.

Costa had not faced anyone with Hendricks’ credentials prior to the bout, but the Brazilian handled his business in impressive fashion, and now he becomes a new contender worth following at 185 pounds.

Considering his quick rise through three UFC fights, seeing Costa get another notable step up in competition would be far from surprising. No one has been able to stop him so far, but Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has proven to be one of the most competitive and durable fighters in the weight class since his promotional debut in 2010.

Tavares has fought and beaten some of the best the division has to offer in his UFC career. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak with victories over some solid names, and he’d provide Costa a stern test that, at this point, would likely mean even more than a win over a slumping Hendricks.

Stephen Thompson

Darren Till

Should fight: Darren Till
Why they should fight: After two failed title bids and nearly 17 months without a win, Thompson sent a stern reminder that he’s a dangerous player in the welterweight division when he took out one of the weight class’ most dangerous contenders in Jorge Masvidal.

“Wonderboy” got back on track with a unanimous-decision victory. The performance helped him regain some of the status he lost in his underwhelming title fight with champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 in March, but the reality is Thompson is still winless in two fights against the current champ and is unlikely to get another crack at the gold unless the belt changes hands.

Plenty of intriguing matchups are available to help Thompson start the build toward an irrefutable case for a third UFC title shot. The one that stands out most, however, is against streaking Till (15-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC), who recently earned a main-event victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 this past month.

Rose Namajunas

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Should fight: Jedrzejczyk
Why they should fight: There isn’t much of an explanation needed for why Namajunas should have an immediate rematch with Jedrzejczyk following her title-winning upset.

Namajunas’ shocking first-round knockout victory is easily the biggest upset in the brief history of the 115-pound division. She handed the Polish fighter her first career loss, and given Jedrzejczyk’s previous dominance leading up to the fight, it only makes sense to run it back, which has been a precedent for longtime champions.

T.J. Dillashaw

Should fight: Demetrious Johnson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Dillashaw should drop to flyweight to fight champion Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) next.

Georges St-Pierre

Should fight: Robert Whittaker
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why St-Pierre should meet interim 185-pound champ Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in a title-unification bout next.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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After D'Arce choke win, Vicente Luque wants recent UFC main-event winner Darren Till next

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SAO PAULO – After taking advantage of a short-notice opportunity, Vicente Luque has lofty aspirations for his next outing.

On Saturday at UFC Fight Night 119, Luque (12-6-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) choked out previously unbeaten Niko Price (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a welterweight preliminary-card bout.

After the FS2-televised bout, which preceded the FS1 main card at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Luque said the fight with Price, which came on about three weeks’ notice, was a golden opportunity.

“He was definitely a dangerous guy, but I think that made so much sense,” Luque told MMAjunkie. “(I could) take all of the momentum he got with knocking out Alan Jouban (in August). …

“This guy is undefeated, has all of this momentum coming from him. I wanted to take that from him. That’s what I had as a plan.”

The 25-year-old New Jersey-born Brazilian, who successfully rebounded from a decision loss to Leon Edwards with Saturday’s victory, is now on a 5-1 run – and all five of the victories have come via stoppage. Like he did against Price, who tapped out from a second-round D’Arce choke, Luque is now anxious to swipe someone else’s momentum.

Namely, he wants undefeated Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) who scored a signature career victory after topping perennial contender Donald Cerrone via first-round TKO in UFC Fight Night 118’s headliner a week ago.

“I want to get the best strikers in the division,” Luque said. “I believe Darren Till is a guy who’s doing awesome, and he has beautiful striking. I feel like a fight with me and him, that’s going to be awesome. Also, Cerrone, (Jorge) Masvidal – those guys are big names. But Till? I think Till will be an exciting fight.”

Why?

“He’s a great striker,” Luque said. “He’s a long guy. He knows how to move well. I want to test myself against a guy like that. … Now I’m ready to face a top guy like that.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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After biggest win of career over 'Cowboy' Cerrone, Darren Till sets sights on 'Wonderboy' Thompson

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Following the biggest win of his career this past Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 118 main event, Darren Till has his eyes on another highly regarded welterweight.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) took out Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) with a first-round TKO in the UFC Fight Night 118 main event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

England’s Till was a slight underdog in the fight, but had little trouble taking out “Cowboy” to stay unbeaten. In the process, he handed Cerrone, a former lightweight title challenger, his third straight setback.

Now the 24-year-old Liverpudlian is thinking about his next fight – just like many others. And while there have been calls for him to take on Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), provided Perry gets past Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 26, Till has someone else in mind. (He said as much after the fight when he declared he had little interest in Perry.)

Early today, Till posted on his Twitter account that he’d be interested in a fight against Stephen Thompson. Thompson (13-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) is getting ready for a fight against Jorge Masvidal (32-12 MMA, 9-5 UFC) at UFC 217 next week at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Just gonna put it out there, but imagine the chess game of striking me and wonderboy would have?,” Till wrote on Twitter. He added a “#HighLevelStriking” hashtag.

With his finish of Cerrone, Till now has 12 of his 16 career wins by stoppage. But the win over “Cowboy” was easily his most impressive yet. Prior to that fight, his UFC bouts had been against Wendell de Oliveira, Nicolas Dalby, Jessin Ayari and Bojan Velickovic. And while the old adage is that anyone at the UFC level is a tough opponent, none of those names carry the weight of Cerrone.

Thompson, 10 years Till’s senior, is coming off back-to-back welterweight title fights against champion Tyron Woodley. At UFC 205 nearly a year ago, the two fought to a majority draw. They rematched at UFC 209 in March, and Woodley eked out a majority decision. Prior to those fights, Thompson had seven straight wins against the likes of Patrick Cote, Jake Ellenberger, Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald.

Till obviously will have to wait until Thompson fights Masvidal before any talk of them fighting can truly pick up steam. But what do you think? Is that the fight to make if Thompson wins? Or should he fight Perry if Perry beats Ponzinibbio? Sound off in our poll below.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White unloads on fans over Darren Till comments in profane Instagram post

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UFC President Dana White is pumped about Darren Till, and can you blame him?.

Till on Saturday emphatically announced himself to the MMA world by dismantling fan favorite and former welterweight title contender Donald Cerrone with a first-round TKO in the UFC Fight Night 118 headliner at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Afterward, White posted a photo on Instagram of Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) punching Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC), with the accompanying caption reading “The Future.”

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Seems fair enough. Surely this was just a simple way of White expressing his excitement for Till’s potential. After all, the fight put the spotlight on the 24-year-old undefeated Till like never before. He said in the lead-up that he would finish Cerrone, and he followed through with a tremendous performance that received rave reviews.

Some fans, however, took umbrage with White’s assessment – maybe thinking he’s getting ahead of himself? – and responded accordingly in the comments. White unloaded on those people with this profanity-laced response of his own:

Yikes.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC-Gdansk medical suspensions: Forced time off for Donald Cerrone with potential 6-month term

UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone hates to take time off, but with a potential six-month medical suspension, he’s benched for the time being.

Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC), who reported a broken nose following a first-round TKO loss to Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118, drew a six-month suspension from the UFC, according to medical suspensions released by the UFC and reported by official ABC record keeper mixedmartialarts.com.

That suspension can be lifted, of course, with clearance from a doctor, in this case a maxillofacial specialist. But Cerrone is also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for his stoppage loss, which marked his third straight defeat.

In other notable suspensions, light heavyweight opponents Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Devin Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) both drew potential 180-day terms for injuries sustained prior to Blachowicz’s surprise second-round submission. Despite a gritty effort, bantamweight Damian Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) needs clearance for his right knee or faces a six-month suspension. So, too, does Sam Alvey (31-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC), who’s listless performance against Ramazan Emeev (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) may have been influenced by an apparent right knee injury.

All fighters received a minimum 7 day suspension.

The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC Fight Night 118 includes:

  • Donald Cerrone: suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial doctor, and suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Darren Till: suspended 7 days
  • Jody Esquibel: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Jan Blachowicz: suspended 180 days or until cleared by left foot X-ray, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Devin Clark: suspended 180 days or until cleared by right calf and right elbow X-ray, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Oskar Piechota: suspended 7 days
  • Jonathan Wilson: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Marcin Held: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Nasrat Haqparast: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right orbital laceration
  • Brian Kelleher: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Damian Stasiak: suspended 180 days or until cleared by right knee MRI, and suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Ramazan Emeev: suspended 7 days
  • Sam Alvey: suspended 180 days for until cleared by right knee MRI
  • Andre Fili: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Artem Lobov: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to left brow laceration
  • Warlley Alves: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right brow laceration
  • Salim Touahri: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Aspen Ladd: suspended 7 days
  • Lina Lansberg: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact due to TKO
  • Josh Emmett: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right brow laceration
  • Felipe Arantes: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Darren Till and UFC Fight Night 118's other winning fighters?

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A potential star was born in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 headliner when Darren Till added a most noteworthy win to his undefeated record against fan favorite and former UFC title challenger Donald Cerrone.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) bludgeoned Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) for a first-round TKO in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight main event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, adding more credibility to those touting him as the next big thing from England.

Prior to Till’s impressive win, Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Oskar Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) all made impressions for various reasons with key victories.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 118’s winning fighters.

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Oskar Piechota

Should fight: Trevor Smith
Why they should fight: He didn’t have a thrilling fight or decisive finish, but as far as UFC debuts go, Piechota turned in a solid performance with his unanimous-decision victory over Jonathan Wilson.

The former Cage Warriors champion admitted post-fight that he probably wasn’t as physically prepared for his first octagon appearance as he should have been. His conditioning showed, but he vowed to come back in better shape for his next fight.

Piechota is another solid European to join the UFC roster, and in a middleweight division filled with opportunity, the unbeaten fighter has some potential to flourish. Smith (15-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is a tested veteran who has a lot of experienced in the UFC, Strikeforce and various other notable organizations. “Hot Sauce” was forced out of a fight on the same card due to injury, but as soon as he recovers, a matchup with Piechota would work for his comeback.

Jan Blachowicz

Should fight: Jared Cannonier
Why they should fight: With his UFC career likely on the line, Blachowicz delivered in a key moment when he scored a slick second-round submission of Devin Clark in their light heavyweight bout.

Blachowicz entered the UFC several years ago with a lot of hype behind him. He’s struggled against top competition, but perhaps his strong effort against Clark will represent a turning point.

The Polish fighter needs to continue his rebuild process, and a matchup with Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is fitting. Cannonier just lost his UFC on FOX 26 opponent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira due to a potential USADA violation. and Blachowicz is in position to be a suitable replacement.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Should fight: Jessica Andrade
Why they should fight: Former strawweight title challenger Kowalkiewicz rebounded from a two-fight skid with a unanimous decision win over promotional newcomer Jodie Esquibel to get her career back on track.

Kowalkiewicz is still one of the top contenders in the 155-pound division, and now that her rough patch is a thing of the past, she can return to fighting fellow elite names in her weight class.

During her post-fight interview Kowalkiewicz mentioned a showdown with Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who is coming off a dominant win over Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 117. The Brazilian named Kowalkiewicz as someone she wants to fight, and with all sides apparently on board, the matchup makes itself.

Darren Till

Should fight: Winner of Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry at UFC on FOX 26
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Till should fight the winner of the UFC on FOX 26 bout between Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 post-event facts: Details behind single-round knockdown record

Donald Cerrone had a chance to make all sorts of UFC history on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 118 main event. Unfortunately for him, Darren Till had other plans.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) prevented Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) from tying the all-time UFC wins record in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight headliner at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, scoring a one-sided first-round TKO victory to add to his undefeated record.

The Brit is quickly climbing the ladder of longest streaks without a loss among UFC fighters, and his performance highlighted an 11-bout card. For more on the numbers in the UFC’s second fight card in Poland, check below for 35 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 118.

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General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $100,000.

Debuting fighters went 3-3 at the event.

Till, Jan Blachowicz, Brian Kelleher and Damian Stasiak earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 118 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 118 drew an announced attendance of 11,138 for a live gate of $677,000.

Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:18:34.

Main card

Till’s 17-fight undefeated streak in MMA competition is fifth longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24), Jimmie Rivera (20), Cris Cyborg and Justin Gaethje (18).

Till has earned 12 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Till has earned both of his stoppage UFC victories by knockout.

Cerrone fell to 4-3 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Cerrone suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since December.

Cerrone has suffered both of his UFC welterweight stoppage victories by knockout.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has all four of her UFC victories by decision. She hasn’t earned a stoppage since May 2014.

Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) earned his first submission victory since May 21, 2011 – a span of 2,345 days (more than six years) and 11 fights.

Devin Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Oskar Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Jonathan Wilson (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss after starting his career on a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2015.

Wilson was unsuccessful in his UFC middleweight debut.

Preliminary card

Marcin Held (23-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC) snapped the first three-fight losing skid of his career and earned his first victory since May 2016.

Nasrat Haqparast (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2012.

Haqparast suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned 15 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Ramazan Emeev (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) improved to 13-1 in his past 14 fights. He hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2014.

Sam Alvey (31-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) has suffered eight of his 10 career losses by decision.

Andre Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his nine-fight UFC career.

Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fell to 5-6-1 in his past 12 career fights.

Lobov has suffered 11 of his 14 career losses by decision. That includes all four of his UFC defeats.

Aspen Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by stoppage.

Lina Lansberg (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by knockout.

Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was successful in his UFC featherweight debut.

Emmett has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.

Emmett’s four knockdowns are tied for third most in a UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight.

Emmett’s four knockdowns in a round marked the new single-fight UFC record.

Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC featherweight division.

Arantes has suffered seven of his nine career losses by decision. That includes all five of his UFC defeats.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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