- Whittaker comes back after his loss from Israel Adesanya to face Till in UFC Fight Island 3
- The main card event will feature not one but seven bouts
- Till is priced neck-and-neck with Whittaker, but we predict he’s going to lose by KO/TKO in Round 3
The upcoming bout between Robert Whittaker and Darren Till in UFC Fight Island 3 promises to be every bit as exciting as the previous two editions broadcast from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event is taking place on Saturday, July 25, and it will pit two known figures in the UFC.
In the meantime, the event’s main card is quite bulky, with not one or two, but seven main card bouts, which will keep fans on their toes. Whittaker’s last loss was suffered to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 last October.
Adesanya managed to put a stop to the nine-wins streak Whittaker had been on, and he will now seek to start climbing back up again. Before we continue, let’s see what sportsbooks think of the upcoming fight between the two fighters, and who has the best odds of winning this UFC bout.
Odds to Win Fight Island 3: Whittaker vs Till
Both Darren Till and Robert Whittaker are coming into the fight with high hopes. Whittaker definitely has an impressive career. Back in 2014, when he was still a welterweight fighter, he managed to secure some impressive finishes against Derek Brunson and Ronaldo Souza, not to mention Brad Tavares.
His subsequent fights would pit him against Yoel Romero in UFC 213 whom he defeated effortlessly, and rose to the top of the pecking order just six months later. He has been fighting a number of established fighters, defeating them all.
On the other hand, Darren Till has had victories against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Stephen Thompson quickly put him on the map as a rising star. Sure, he has suffered a defeat here and there, but overall, Whittaker has done well. One fight he couldn’t win, though, was against Jorge Masvidal at UFC in London.
Who to Back in the Upcoming Bout?
Darren Till has some pretty impressive stats as well, although he failed to overcome both J. Masvidal and T. Woodley, both of his most recent fights. He did recover at UFC 244, taking on K. Gastelum and winning by S Dec in the bout.
Looking at the tale of the tape, both men sport fairly the same degree of physical prowess even though Till’s reach tends to be a little better. In terms of pure stats, Till has had fewer losses, but he has also had fewer bouts.
Whittaker on the other hand has been defeated on five occasions, securing 21 victories in his career. Both men have a lot to lose, as with every defeat in a UFC event, the hype for a fighter’s name dies down a little, and promoters tend to look the other way.
Both men have a traditional Striker type of fighting style but Whittaker tends to be a little more KO/TKO heavy when it comes to his mode of victory.
Till also struggles in going the distance, he’s mostly either victorious or losses by the third round. We bet that Whittaker will win via KO/TKO in the third round at the very outside.