Ryan Knuppel  |  Fri 7th Sep   | MMA

Did ya miss us last week? Well, now we’re back and talking about the UFC again. UFC 228 is approaching, and we’ll have a few match previews for you. Read below.

Tyron Woodley (-141) vs. Darren till (+119)

The 36-year-old Woodley has had a career to write home about, with an 18-3-1 record. He has gone undefeated in his last eight fights (7-0-1) since losing to Rory MacDonald on June 14, 2014. It’s been an impressive run for him, as he looks to improve more. He’s landed 44% of his strikes, and is five for eight on takedown tries.

His opponent is the much younger, 25-year-old Darren Till. He has not lost a fight before, going 17-0-1 in the ring. His one draw came against Nicolas Darby on October 24, 2015, and he has gone 4-0 since. He has landed 46% of his strikes and if three out of nine on takedown tries.

PICK: Tyron Woodley. He’s a little older, but he’s a more aggressive fighter and can get his opponent on the ground a bit faster.

Jimmie Rivera (-189) vs. John Dodson (+151)

The 29-year-old Rivera, from Ramsey, NJ, has gone 21-2 in his fighting career and been a tough out. However, one of those two losses came in his last bout, against Marlon Moraes on June 1st. He has landed 41% of his strikes, but is just five for 15 on grappling opportunities. He has landed 90% of his standing strikes, something which really helps him stand out.

He’ll be facing the 33-year-old, John “The Magician” Dodson. Dodson has gone 21-9 in his career, with a wealth of experience. He is coming off a Pedro Munhoz on March 3, following a loss to Marlon Moraes on November 11. He has landed 41% of his strikes, and is nine for 29 on grappling tries. He has landed 85% of his standing strikes.

PICK: Jimmie Rivera will improve to 22-2, and shake off the Moraes before Dodson is able to. The Magician is Magic free.

Charles Byrd (-179) vs. Darren Stewart (+151)

The 34-year-old Byrd will be fighting for just the fourteenth time. He has gone 9-4 so far, earning a win over John Phillips in his last bout on March 17. He has landed 79% of his strikes, all which came from the ground. The Dallas, Texas native looks for win number 10.

His opponent, 27-year-old Darren Stewart, has gone 8-3 in his career. His win over Eric Spicely on May 27 snapped a three-match losing skid. It was good to finally see him on top again. He still has a lot to shake off, with this skid. He has landed 44% of his strikes (55% standing), and is six for 14 on grappling tries.

PICK: Charles Byrd will hand Stewart a 4th loss in five fights. He’s struggled of late and that will continue. Byrd will spread his wings and FLY to victory.

Full UFC 228 Betting Odds

The Full UFC 228 Betting Odds are from BetOnline.ag and as of September 7, 2018

  • Tyron Woodley (-141) vs. Darren till (+119)
  • Jimmie Rivera (-189) vs. John Dodson (+151)
  • Charles Byrd (-179) vs. Darren Stewart (+151)
  • Valentina Shevchenko -1250 vs. Nicco Montano +800
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov -1175 vs, Brandon Davis +650
  • Jessica Andrade -425 vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz +340

 

 

Ryan Knuppel