UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Till Main Card Betting Odds and Preview
The UFC Apex will host the third consecutive week of UFC on ESPN action, as Derek Brunson and Darren Till do battle in the main event in a massive middleweight contender clash. How will these two men and many other gladiators of the Octagon fare this weekend?
Read on for our odds and preview for the main card of UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Till below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Till Betting Odds and Preview
Where: UFC Apex, Enterprise, NV
When: Saturday, September 4, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+
Main Event: Middleweight Bout
Derek Brunson (+147) vs. Darren Till (-196)
Not only is Derek Brunson riding a four-fight win streak, but the southpaw from Wilmington halted the progress of other top contenders in the middleweight division in the process. Brunson recently defeated Kevin Holland this past March and stopped Edmen Shahbazyan’s 11-fight unbeaten streak by way of a third-round knockout.
Darren Till, meanwhile, is 1-3 in his last four bouts, going 1-1 since moving back to middleweight. Yet despite his underwhelming record of late and not having stepped foot in the Octagon for over a year, the odds would have it that “The Gorilla” has what it takes to put Brunson’s hot streak to an end. After all, Till was undefeated in 17 straight fights until he lost his welterweight title match against Tyrone Woodley in 2018.
Co-Main Event: Heavyweight Bout
Tom Aspinall (-300) vs. Sergey Spivak (+220)
A massive heavyweight bout between Tom Aspinall and Sergey Spivak is at hand in the co-main event of Saturday’s card. Aspinall, a teammate of Till’s in Team Kaobon, is on a six-fight win streak and is a perfect 3-0 since his UFC debut last July. The Manchester native is fresh off a second-round submission victory over UFC stalwart Andrei Arlovski, which earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
Similar to Aspinall, Spivak has won his last three fights in the Octagon as the “Polar Bear” mauled the likes of Aleksei Oleinik, Carlos Felipe, and Jared Vanderaa along his way. The 26-year-old Ukrainian has as many losses (two) as his next opponent, making this matchup between two heavyweights looking to crack the top 10 of the division all the more intriguing.
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Alex Morono (-190) vs. David Zawada (+155)
Coming in on short notice yet again is Alex Morono, who’s stepping in for Sergey Khandozhko with just a week left before this weekend’s event. Nevertheless, Morono should relish this opportunity just as he did when he filled in for Diego Sanchez against Donald Cerrone earlier in May and stunning Cerrone with a first-round TKO victory.
David Zawada must not be fazed by the sudden change to his next fight and Morono’s huge win. The six-foot German is just 1-3 in the UFC but his two losses were split-decision defeats that could’ve gone either way had he been more aggressive. Although his recent form isn’t ideal, Zawada still has the edge in career win percentage (73.9 percent) compared to Morono (70.3 percent).
Light Heavyweight Bout
Modestas Bukauskas (-164) vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. (+129)
Another fighter who’s struggling to string together wins in the UFC is Modestas Bukauskas, who is 1-2 since debuting in the Octagon last July. The former Cage Warriors standout made a huge splash in his first fight for the promotion with a first-round TKO win over Andreas Michailidis but has since lost back-to-back fights to Jimmy Crute and Michal Oleksiejczuk.
Luckily for Bukauskas, Khalil Rountree Jr. is on a two-fight losing streak of his own to even out the playing field. Rountree will look to end his upcoming fight in hopes of a sixth knockout in nine career wins on U.S. soil, where three of his last four victories were won. Unfortunately, “The War Horse’s” last win dates back to April of 2019 against Eryk Anders in UFC 236.
Paddy Pimblett (-139) vs. Luigi Vendramini (+110)
Another former Cage Warriors fighter will kick off the main card of this weekend’s UFC on ESPN event, as Paddy Pimblett is set to make his UFC debut. The babyface out of Liverpool secured two first-round wins via stoppage to cap off his Cage Warriors stint and is 3-1 as a lightweight thus far.
Luigi Verdamini, and a handful of other fighters on the main event card, would attest that the UFC is a different beast that Pimblett has to conquer. Verdamini began his MMA career with a seven-fight undefeated win steak in his home country of Brazil. However, he’s lost two of his three bouts in the Octagon and was a letdown in his second bout since returning to lightweight with his loss to Fares Ziam this past June.
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