Darren Till returns to the Octagon against UFC veteran Derek Brunson in a five-round main-event that could possibly put the winner of the fight as a possible title challenger. Till is coming off a unanimous decision loss against former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. Meanwhile, Brunson is coming off a dominant win over Kevin Holland.
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Derek Brunson will go into the fight with a four-fight win streak and will look to continue the same momentum in possibly his last run for the middleweight gold. Brunson’s last loss came against current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya back in 2018, and he hasn’t looked back ever since.
On the other hand, after pulling out of the bout multiple times in the past due to injuries, Darren Till will finally return to the Octagon after more than a year away from the cage to once again solidify his position in the UFC’s middleweight division. It’s an exciting match-up, one that is bound to get the attention of fight fans around the world.
Let’s try to break down the fight between both the fighters, and come to a reasonable conclusion on who gets his hand raised this weekend inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas when Derek Brunson and Darren Till share the UFC Octagon.
Derek Brunson vs Darren Till breakdown
Despite possessing a monstrous power, Derek Brunson has been quite reliant on his grappling prowess. Brunson was able to get past credible strikers in the form of Edmen Shahbazyan and Kevin Holland owing to his wrestling pedigree. Brunson is a three-time Division II All-American wrestler and will look to use that to his advantage against a seasoned striker like Darren Till.
As for Darren Till, the left hand will always be on display, and the English fighter will look to make a statement in his UFC return. While Brunson has a legitimate chance, it looks highly unlikely that he would be able to get a win against Till on the feet.
Needless to say, it will boil down to whether or not Brunson can take Till down, in which case, there’s every possibility that Brunson gets the edge of the former welterweight title challenger. However, it will be easier said than done. Darren Till is a huge middleweight and has shown great response to situations where he has been put against wrestling.
Derek Brunson vs Darren Till prediction
Darren Till is expected to get his hand raised this weekend against Derek Brunson. We think it would be a second round stoppage win for the Liverpool based fighter.