UFC Vegas 36 goes down this weekend from Las Vegas (not London like originally planned). Headlining the event will be top 10 middleweights, Derek Brunson and Darren Till and will also feature plenty of talent throughout the card. With a British feel throughout, we previewed the UFC Vegas 36 card and picked out a few fights to watch on the undercard on our latest MMASucka Podcast. We also discuss Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley, this past weekends card and as ever, give you a fantasy match-up. Check it out below and let us know what you think!
UFC Vegas 36 – Main Event
Darren Till – Potential Title Eliminator
The UFC Vegas 36 main event might very well throw up the next middleweight title contender. Darren Till is 1-1 at 185lbs, having defeated Kelvin Gastelum in his middleweight debut, which is a win that arguably hasn’t aged well. Gastelum himself is 1-5 in his last six bouts, including the Till fight.
After the Gastelum victory, Till took on Robert Whittaker in a closely contested main event slot on fight island. Despite losing the fight, champion, Israel Adesanya was still keen to entertain the Liverpudlian in a title fight should he come through his next fight. The striker impressed at welterweight, rising to fame against Donald Cerrone, finishing him in the first round of their Polish main event. He then took the UFC to Liverpool and defeated Stephen Thompson, setting up a title fight with then champion, Tyron Woodley.
Unfortunately for the Brit, he suffered his first MMA defeat in his title bout, followed by a brutal knockout in London at the hands of Jorge Masvidal. After moving up to 185lbs, Till has looked impressive, but not world champion material just yet.
Derek Brunson’s Redemption Shot
Derek Brunson will be headlining his third straight main event, looking for his fifth straight win and a title shot. Finishing the impressive Edmen Shahbazyan before dominating the extremely in-form Kevin Holland, Brunson is enjoying the second-longest winning run of his UFC career and is in the running for a title shot or at very least a title eliminator.
Unfortunately for Brunson, he was dominated by Adesanya back in 2018 during ‘The Last Style Bender’s’ rise. He was finished and truly outclassed on the night within just one round. He showed very little to suggest that a rematch may go any differently.
With that being said, his wrestling game looked elite against Holland and if he could utilise it against either Till or Adesanya it could be a long night for either striker.
This fight is a tale of the striker vs. the grappler, who can implement their game and who can effectively manage expectations. We talk all about it in our UFC Vegas 36 podcast preview. Let us know what you think, if you agree or disagree with any of our takes and how you think the main event of UFC Vegas 36 will go!
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