UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till- Derek Brunson vs Darren Till: Main Card Prediction and Analysis

Published 09/03/2021, 7:25 AM EDT


UFC middleweights Derek Brunson and Darren Till will face off in the main event clash for UFC Vegas 36. Both men are ranked inside the top 10 and this match-up is critical to determine the next emerging contender to face Israel Adesanya. The bout is a striker vs grappler classic and fans have expectations for an exciting contest.

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Israel Adesanya has managed to clean sweep almost all his opponents thus far in the UFC, including Derek Brunson. However, the wily veteran has improved his game, and he’s looking like a major threat to any active middleweight fighter. Furthermore, Darren Till would be a fresh opponent for Adesanya and he would undoubtedly offer an interesting stylistic challenge.

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UFC Vegas 36: Derek Brunson vs Darren Till

Derek Brunson is on a four-fight win streak and some might say is on the best run of his professional career. The 37-year-old defeated Kevin Holland via unanimous decision in his last fight and went on to re-establish himself as a contender. Not to mention, he’s even handled up-and-comers like Edmen Shahbazyan with relative ease proving his mettle in the sport.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 20: (R-L) Derek Brunson kicks Kevin Holland in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Brunson is one of the best chain wrestlers for MMA and he’s able to turn the tide of a fight with his grappling. From body locks to single legs in close range, Brunson can mix things up to his advantage very effectively. While he’s taken quite a bit of damage to his chin over the years, he’s certainly a well-rounded prospect who will bring it.

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Darren Till’s recent record in the UFC is not indicative of the championship-level talent he possesses. He’s well-sized for the division and his striking is elite even against some of the more seasoned campaigners. Once he gets going, it’s hard to stunt Till’s creativity as he’ll go out of his way to put on a striking masterclass.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (R-L) Darren Till of England battles Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, he’s 1-3 in his last four fights and needs to pick up a victory to remain a threat to the title. Adesanya has already expressed some interest to fight him, thus making it possible to get a title shot off a win over Brunson.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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