UFC on ESPN+ 5 took place Saturday, March 16, 2019 in London, England. The card was headlined by a welterweight clash between England’s Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal from the United States.
Closing odds are courtesy of Several Bookmakers. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
On the back of a very strong second round, Leon Edwards was able to edge out a split decision over Gunnar Nelson. Edwards closed -148 with the return on Nelson +118
In a very close contest, Dominick Reyes edged out a split decision victory over Volkan Oezdemir. Reyes closed -261 with the return on Oezdemir +211
Nathaniel Wood continued his strong run in the UFC with a second-round submission of Jose Quinones. Wood closed -350. Quinones closed +280
In the welterweight division, Claudio Silva secured an armbar submission against Danny Roberts in the third round. Silva closed -156 while Roberts closed +126
Jack Marshman edged out John Phillips in a closely contested decision. Marshman closed -140 with the return on Phillips +110
Arnold Allen countered well and frustrated Jordan Rinaldi as he was able to outland throughout the fight to win a unanimous decision. Allen closed -158 with the return on Rinaldi +128
Dan Ige quickly landed punches that rocked Danny Henry. He then followed him to the ground where he was able to latch on a choke to force Henry to submit. Ige closed -140 while Henry closed +110
Molly McCann landed the more impactful strikes in the first two rounds to do enough to win a decision over Priscila Cachoeira. McCann closed -205 with the return on Cachoeira +165
Underdogs that Won
In the night’s main event, Jorge Masvidal landed a heavy combination on the feet and followed up with punches on the ground to knock out Darren Till and stun the English crowd in attendance. Masvidal closed +181 with the return on Till -231
Marc Diakiese slowed down Joe Duffy with leg kicks and was able to dominate the striking exchanges throughout to earn the biggest win of his career. Diakiese closed +155 while Duffy closed -185
Saparbek Safarov dominated the grappling exchanges as he beat up Nicolae Negumereanu on the mat to win a wide decision. Safarov closed +142. Negumereanu closed -172
Mike Grundy was staggered by Nad Narimani in the second round, but recovered well to land his own big shot to hurt Narimani. He followed up with a series of strikes that forced the referee to stop the bout and award Grundy with a TKO in his UFC debut. Grundy closed -105 while Narimani closed -125