I could have gone another way, but Darren Till has looked ahead. The 28-year-old Englishman is on a streak of a win in his last four fights. It is true that between the second and third (he won) he changed to middleweight … but he is in a complex situation. Perhaps the option of going for a lower ranked rival would have been more satisfactory, but in the UFC you have to be ambitious and he is being it. From number seven in the ranking, challenge number 5, Derek Brunson, who comes after four wins in a row. A very different dynamic. Clash of roads in the star of UFC Las Vegas 36.
Till debuted in November 2019 at middleweight. He managed to defeat Kelvin Gastelum, which opened the doors to a fight against Robert Whittaker. The win could open the doors to a title fight, but he fell. Since then, more than a year has passed. For its part, Brunson arrives more rolled. He fought in March beating Kevin Holland, the most named rival on his list. It was his fourth win in a row and the one that has placed him in such a noble position in the ranking.
Despite dynamics and rankings, Till is the fighter who appears as a favorite in the betting. The Englishman has a better technique and has faced bigger opponents in his last fights and that puts him ahead. The fight is between two strikers (55% of KO Brunson by 56% of Till), so speed and forcefulness will be key. There is one of the keys to combat. It seems that in the middle, Till seems to have lost some punch and can accuse him. It will be necessary to see it, since by situations the equality is maximum. Brunson arrives with confidence and that in someone who bases his fight on striking is key. Errors will be penalized. They must take care of them. Till raises the bet and Brunson takes it. Only one will take it all in Las Vegas.