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The UFC returns to London and the UK fans have been served up a cracker of a card at the O2 Arena. 

Darren Till, the biggest name in British MMA, headlines the show and is desperate to get back on track against the dangerous Jorge Masvidal. His domestic rival Leon Edwards faces Gunnar Nelson in the co-main event. 

Here, Sportsmail takes a closer look at each fight on Saturday's main card.  

Darren Till (left) takes on Jorge Masvidal in the UFC London main event on Saturday

Darren Till (left) takes on Jorge Masvidal in the UFC London main event on Saturday

Darren Till (17-1-1) vs Jorge Masvidal (32-13-0)  

WELTERWEIGHT 

The 'Gorilla' returns to home comforts after suffering a fair beating by Tyron Woodley in his title shot last September. 

Till has been characteristically honest in his self-assessment after that failure but is equally adamant that there will be a welterweight coronation in his future somewhere along the line.

The heavy-handed Liverpudlian loves fighting on home turf and will milk every second of his walk to the cage as 'Sweet Caroline' rings around the O2 Arena on Saturday night.

The 'Gorilla' (bottom) was comprehensively beaten by Tyron Woodley in his title fight

The 'Gorilla' (bottom) was comprehensively beaten by Tyron Woodley in his title fight

He's No 3 in the rankings, meaning no softball opposition to get back on track, just a potentially nasty pot-hole in the shape of perennial contender Jorge Masvidal. 

'Gamebred' is a bit of a fan favourite, doesn't take himself too seriously and is one of those fighters you can tell actually relishes the combat itself. 

Growing up with fights on the street, Masvidal is unlikely to be overawed by the occasion but cage-rust could be a concern. 

By the time he steps into the octagon, the American will have been out of action for 497 days, the longest lay-off of his career. 

A defeat by Till would be his third in a row following losses to Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia but the 34-year-old can't get desperate. 

If Masvidal becomes reckless and marches forwards, there is no doubt that Till has the power and size at this weight to switch his lights off. 

Till has described the botched title shot as a 'thorn' in him that he can't get out but an emphatic victory would go some way to exorcising those demons. 

If he is to go on to fulfill his title ambitions and one day earn a dream fight at his beloved Anfield, these are the fights he must win.  

Leon Edwards (16-3-0) vs Gunnar Nelson (17-3-1)

WELTERWEIGHT 

Edwards has been champing at the bit for a domestic showdown with Till. 

So far the Birmingham fighter's appeals have fallen on deaf ears but it feels inevitable that their paths will cross at some point, particularly if he adds to the six-fight winning streak he's pieced together over three years.

'Rocky' overcame Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone last June and has been rewarded by another big name, Gunnar Nelson. 

Leon 'Rocky' Edwards has huge fights on the horizon but Gunnar Nelson is a tough task

Leon 'Rocky' Edwards has huge fights on the horizon but Gunnar Nelson is a tough task

As part of of John Kavanagh's SBG stable in Ireland and training with the likes of Conor McGregor, the Icelander has benefited from some shine-by-association but fully deserves his spot in the co-main event. 

He is a ruthless killer on the ground and Edwards will have to avoid a tangle on the mat at all costs. 

The British fighter, ranked three spots

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