UFC Vegas 36: Darren Till Win Over Derek Brunson Puts Him in Contention for Middleweight Title Fight

UFC Vegas 36 Odds
Derek Brunson v Darren Till headlines UFC Vegas 36

Darren “The Gorilla” Till (18-3-1) fights Derek Brunson (22-7-0) in a middleweight bout that’s the main event at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The UFC had initially hoped to hold this bout as part of an event in London, but negotiations broke down due to Covid-19 protocols.

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Brunson vs Till Betting Odds

This looks likely to be a closely contested fight, with the online & Vegas sportsbooks edging towards Darren Till as a fairly marginal favorite at odds of –175 in Fight Result betting with Bovada’s UFC odds.

Derek Brunson is available at odds of +145 to win the fight.

Middleweight – Main Event

Derek Brunson Vs Darren Till
Derek Brunson Darren Till
Derek Brunson Name Darren Till
22-7-0 Record 18-3-1
6′ 1″ Height 6′ 0″
185 lbs Weight 185 lbs
77″ Reach 74″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
3.46 Sig Strk LPM 2.27
60.47 Sig Strk Acc 47.29
3.11 TD AVG 0.54
33.33 TD ACC 41.67
0.46 Sub Avg 0.00

Derek Brunson

The 37-year-old Brunson from Wilmington, North Carolina was last in action back in March, when he beat Kevin “Trailblazer” Holland via unanimous decision in Las Vegas. That victory saw the veteran American extend his winning streak to four fights, three of which have been won by decision.

Of Brunson’s 22 career wins, 11 have come via knockout, four by submission and the other seven by decision. Brunson’s seven losses have seen him beaten by KO on five occasions and gone down on the judges’ scorecards twice.


Darren Till

Till, the former UFC welterweight championship challenger, returns to the Octagon for the first time since his unanimous decision defeat to Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker in Abu Dhabi in July 2020. Despite the loss. Till was widely praised for his performance against Whittaker.

That was a third loss in his last four fights for “The Gorilla”, who knows that victory over Brunson could put him back in contention for a future middleweight title shot against the current champion, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya.

Before the loss to Whittaker, he defeated Kelvin Gastelum via a split decision after moving back to the middleweight division, but suffered second round losses to Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal and Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley prior to that, the latter in a welterweight title fight.

The 28-year-old English fighter from Liverpool was scheduled for main event fights against Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori since his defeat to Whittaker, but was forced to pull out of both bouts with injuries.

Of Till’s 18 wins, 10 have come via KO, two by submission, with the remaining six victories being by decision.


Will Brunson v Till go the distance?

Darren Till is the younger man and looks to have the edge as the more skilled striker and in being a fighter who is hard to take down.

Brunson is the more active of the two fighters with his strikes, with 3.46 significant strikes per minute compared to 2.27 from Till.

Overall, the English fighter might just have the extra class required to win this bout, although there looks to be every possibility that the outcome could come down to the judges’ scorecards.



* UFC Vegas 36 odds correct at the time of writing. All betting odds are subject to changes.

Darren Moore
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Darren lives & breathes sports betting and is always sniffing out his next value bet. His favourite sports to bet on are the NFL, horse racing and UFC but he will bet on anything if he thinks the odds are favourable.