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UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Brunson Main Card Picks (Sept 4)

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  • UFC Fight Night will see middleweights Darren Till and Derek Brunson headline.
  • 10 fights scheduled for Prelims and Main Card.
  • British heavyweight Tom Aspinall will co-main vs. Sergey Spivak.

The UFC will return again this weekend where the promotion’s APEX Centre will once again play host to an exciting evening of violent entertainment.

Saturday afternoon at the APEX in Las Vegas will see middleweight contenders Darren Till and Derek Brunson collide in the main event.

Britain’s Till hasn’t fought since his narrow defeat to Robert Whittaker over 12-months ago, however, looking to cement his place among the best 185lb’ers, the talented kickboxer will be hoping to beat Brunson and claim his seventh win in the UFC.

Other notable matchups include a quartet of Brits all looking to make their mark on the US’ biggest stage.

Heavy hitter Tom Aspinall will take on Sergey Spivak in the event’s co-main, with fellow Brits Jack Shore facing off against Luidvik Sholinian, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett making his promotional debut against Luigi Vendramini, and Molly McCann in desperate need of a win against Ji Yeon Kim.

UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Brunson – Full Schedule

Prelims

  • Bantamweight: Jonathan Martinez (13-4) vs. Marcelo Rojo (16-8)
  • Middleweight: Dalcha Lungiambula (11-2) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (12-4)
  • Catchweight: Julian Erosa (25-10) vs. Charles Jourdain (11-3)
  • Bantamweight: Jack Shore (14-0) vs. Liudvik Sholinian (9-2)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Molly McCann (10-4) vs. Ji Yeon Kim (9-3)

Main Card

  • Lightweight: Paddy Pimblett (16-3) vs. Luigi Vendramini (9-2)
  • Light Heavyweight: Modestas Bukauskas (11-4) vs. Khalil Rountree (9-5)
  • Welterweight: Alex Morono (19-7) vs. David Zawada (17-6)
  • Heavyweight: Tom Aspinall (10-2) vs. Sergey Spivak (13-2)
  • Middleweight: Darren Till (18-3) vs. Derek Brunson (22-7)

Paddy Pimblett vs. Luigi Vendramini

Undoubtedly heading for big things, Liverpool’s Pimblett will be hoping to kick start his UFC career off with a respectable win against Brazilian Vendramini.

I expect Pimblett to take his time in this one, but suspect his ground game to be the ultimate decider in what could be a bout that goes the distance.

Prediction: Paddy Pimblett to win via decision.

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Image courtesy of Paddy Pimblett’s official Twitter
Popular MarketsOdds
Paddy Pimblett to win outright-155
Luigi Vendramini to win outright+135
Paddy Pimblett to win via decision+325

Modestas Bukauskas vs. Khalil Rountree

This should be a great fight and with both fighters currently enduring tricky spells, Saturday’s bout will have an added bit of spice.

Both men are on two-fight losing streaks and will be keen to ensure their runs do not extend to three.

I am expecting a tense and cagey affair, but think Lithuanian striker Bukauskas may just. have too much for his American opponent.

Prediction: Modestas Bukauskas to win via knockout.

Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Modestas Bukauskas of Lithuania punches Michal Oleksiejczuk of Poland in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Modestas Bukauskas of Lithuania punches Michal Oleksiejczuk of Poland in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Modestas Bukauskas to win outright-152
Khalil Rountree to win outright+132

Alex Morono vs. David Zawada

Another great match up.

Although an exceptionally close bout to try and call, I expect this one to go the distance with Morono narrowly edging it on the judge’s scorecards.

Prediction: Alex Morono to win via decision.

May 8, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;   Alex Morono punches Donald Cerrone in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Alex Morono punches Donald Cerrone in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Alex Morono to win outright-130
David Zawada to win outright+110
Fight to go the distance – YES-150

Tom Aspinall vs. Sergey Spivak

Britain’s Aspinall is destined to breach the division’s top 10 soon and a win this weekend against Spivak could do exactly that.

With a fighting style reminiscent of unbeaten top contender Ciryl Gane, I am expecting another big performance from Aspinall this weekend.

Prediction: Tom Aspinall to win via knockout.

July 26, 2020; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Tom Aspinall (red gloves) of England punches Jake Collier (blue gloves) in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports
July 26, 2020; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Tom Aspinall (red gloves) of England punches Jake Collier (blue gloves) in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Tom Aspinall to win outright-250
Sergey Spivak to win outright+210
Tom Aspinall to win via KO, TKO, or DQ+120

Darren Till vs. Derek Brunson

Styles make fights and this one should be a great example of that.

Kickboxer by trait, Till will be hoping to keep Brunson on the feet and unleash enough damage to end the fight early.

Prediction: Darren Till to win via knockout.

Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Kelvin Gastelum (red gloves) fights Darren Till (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Kelvin Gastelum (red gloves) fights Darren Till (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Darren Till to win outright-163
Derek Brunson to win outright+143
Darren Till to win via KO, TKO, or DQ+140
Derek Brunson to win via decision+325

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