UFC Vegas 36 card: Derek Brunson vs Darren Till full fight preview
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans Derek Brunson and Darren Till will collide TONIGHT (Saturday, September 4, 2021) at UFC Vegas 36 inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Has Brunson turned a new leaf? He’s been fighting the highest level of middleweight competition for almost a decade now, and his strengths in physical strikeouts and a huge left hand remain the same. However, he seems to apply his skills with a bit more combat IQ, resulting in a four-game winning streak. Here’s a somewhat shocking fact: Till only holds six wins in the Octagon after six years on the roster. Of course, at least a few of those wins have come against elite contenders, but this detail greatly illustrates how the Englishman could really use a big win here to keep him in the mix.
Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for every man:
Key wins: Kevin Holland (UFC Vegas 22), Edmen Shahbazyen (UFC Vegas 5), Lyoto Machida (UFC Fight Night 119), Uriah Hall (UFC Fight Night 94), Ian Heinisch (UFC 241), Lorenz Larkin (UFC 177)
Key losses: Robert Whittaker (UFC Fight Night 101), Israel Adesanya (UFC 230), Yoel Romero (UFC Fight Night 35), Ronaldo Souza (UFC on FOX 27, Strikeforce: “Rousey vs Kaufman”)
The keys to victory: Brunson keeps him fairly simply in the cage. On the feet, Brunson works from a distance with his long kicks before suddenly crashing down with the left, usually using that strike to get into wrestling rallies. Once he is grappling with his nemesis, Brunson’s strength and size often becomes a major factor.
I’d really love to see Brunson test Till’s melee play and wrestling right off the bat. At 170 pounds, Till was largely impossible to drag on the mat – that’s the benefit of killing yourself for weight gain! In the middleweight he didn’t spend much time on his back, but still a pair of mostly forwards Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum managed to keep him down. Brunson may find the withdrawal easier than expected, and his best game is a different level from heavy.
If disassembly is not easy, Brunson needs to be really aware of his body position. Till excels at intercepting opponents when they crash forward, and Brunson is known for his direct assaults. It is absolutely essential for the wrestler that he attacks without over-engaging, lest he encounter a devastating shot that ends things early.
Over time, constant kickboxing and takedown attempts can result in some momentum in Brunson’s corner even though he struggles to complete the shot early … until he gets knocked out.
Main victories: Kelvin Gastelum (UFC 244), Stephen Thompson (UFC Fight Night 130), Donald Cerrone (UFC Fight Night 118), Bojan Velickovic (UFC Fight Night 115)
Key losses: Tyron Woodley (UFC 228), Robert Whittaker (UFC on ESPN 14), Jorge Masvidal (UFC Fight Night 147)
The keys to victory: Till really is a sniper. Whether it’s attacking with the front foot or countering his opponent’s barrage, Till doesn’t often seek to overwhelm his enemy with volume. Instead, he places his left hand with great precision, and it’s all the more effective as a result.
It is essential that Till definitely wins the range battle. Brunson actually does a pretty good distance job with his long left kicks and punches, dragging opponents into slow rallies before suddenly ramping up the intensity. Given Till’s low-volume style, there is a definite risk that Brunson will keep him close enough to his feet that even brief periods of control could cost the English athlete laps on the scoreboards.
It’s not good.
Since this is a Southpaw vs. Southpaw match, the striking play changes a bit. The ranged battle will be decided by the jab and the low kick – Till has to win both. If he pecks Brunson and kicks his lead leg out of position, it increases the chances of Brunson diving for crappy takedowns or running straight into the hand counter. left with chin up.
A man enters the mix for the title, another is left outside looking inside.
Brunson has a chance of a five-game winning streak, which is quite significant considering the relative lack of winning streaks among his 185-pound contenders. Till has name value, and a third straight win in the main event would be hard to deny. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee a title shot, but at the very least, a title eliminator would be assured.
At 37, however, this may be his last chance to win the title.
Till is in a strange situation, similar to Kelvin Gastelum a few weeks ago. If he wins, he’s close to a title shot – Israel Adesanya wants to fight him! An upcoming No.1 contender eliminator against someone like Jared Cannonier would make sense.
If he loses, however? Suddenly it becomes very obvious that Till’s only victory in three years and five fights would be the aforementioned struggling Gastelum. Marketability and talent aside, that’s not enough to keep Till on top of the fight cards in important matches.
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At UFC Vegas 36, Derek Brunson and Darren Till will face off in the main event. Which man takes one step closer to the title?