Darren Till and Derek Brunson are set to fight at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Saturday in what is an important middleweight fight.
A loss for Darren “I’ll fight anyone, I don’t care” Till could end his chances of getting a title fight next year. A loss for Derek Brunson would end his impressive run, but the 37-year-old has battled back throughout his career.
UFC betting online markets have Till as the dominant favorite, but it could all just be hype.
Is Till a Worthy Favorite?
We’re not discrediting the ability of Darren Till, but he hasn’t won in the UFC since beating Kelvin Gastelum by decision in 2019.
Having not won for almost two years is a massive concern, especially against someone as experienced and fit as Derek Brunson, who has already fought in 2021.
Till has an imposing 18-3-1 record, but most of that was done in the early days of his career. He looked excellent when beating an aging Donald Cerrone in 2017 and Thompson in 2018, but he has since lost to Tyron Woodley by submission, Jorge Masvidal by knockout, and Robert Whittaker by decision.
Darren till hearing that someone insulted woodley’s mom. pic.twitter.com/DLOfkJKaeQ
— Ay Jay ☭ (@aj__lmao) August 26, 2021
Bettors should be concerned with the -175 line at the sportsbook. That’s a lot of juice for a fighter that still has everything to prove. We haven’t seen enough from Till to warrant that price.
Not one to lack confidence, Till believes he will get a title shot sometime in his future.
“I’m in a good place,” Till told MMA Fighting. “I’m feeling violent. I’m feeling very, very violent.
“I will take 20 losses, I will take 55 losses, I will take injury after injury after injury to get where I want to be. I have visualizations of winning that belt, [and] when Joe Rogan comes over to me with the mic, throwing the mic out of his hands and giving it to [my head coach] Colin [Heron] so he can give the speech that is needed.”
His mindset has firmly been on getting a title shot against Israel Adesanya. However, the champion responded with a firm message.
“He can’t talk unless he wins first, and to win the way I’ve been winning in this division is not an easy task. So pick a number and get in line, son,” Adesanya said.
If Till doesn’t focus on Derek Brunson, it could be a quick fight on Saturday.
Brunson Means Business
At 22-7, Derek Brunson is no man to be messed with. The 37-year-old has been around the block a few times, so he won’t be afraid of Till.
The North Carolina native has been in excellent form over the last three years, and he hasn’t lost since facing Israel Adesanya at UFC 230.
He has since posted wins over Martin Day, Ian Heinisch, Edmen Shahbazyan and Kevin Holland. It’s an impressive record, and he has beaten some of the great names in the division, including Lyoto Machida and Uriah Hall.
— MMA On Point (@OnPointMMA) August 31, 2021
Betting online is available for this fight and we’re not expecting Brunson’s odds to last long. The +145 is a fantastic price for a fighter that has had plenty of recent fights in the Octagon.
Bettors often get value odds for Brunson and he knows his worth in the UFC.
“I don’t have to be appreciated; I know I’ve done great things in this sport and I’ve been able to do great things for my family,” said Brunson.
“To be in the UFC for as long as I have is super-tough. I’ve seen talented guys come in, get two fights, and get cut and they’re really good. I know the attention to detail you must be paying attention to every day in order to do this. It’s been a ride and I’m still pushing.”
We respect Till’s ability, but we’re more than happy to take Brunson at the better price.
Not only does he have the experience edge, but his recent fights hold him in good stead against a guy that hasn’t fought in over a year.
Too many things consistently go wrong for Till, so we’re avoiding him at all costs and going Brunson to win by knockout.