UFC on ESPN 14, Till Vs Whittaker, will be the last fight to go down on in Yes Island Abu Dhabi which is termed as the Fight Island by MMA communities and fighters alike. The fight Island will see its fourth and final event this Saturday and British MMA star Darren "The Gorilla" Till Vs. Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker is to close the show.
First of all, the event is expected to be absolute fireworks because top-ranked Australian contender Robert Whittaker (21-5) who recently lost his title to the New Zealander champion Isreal Adesanya and No. 5 ranked Darren Till (18-2-1) will fight eachother and the winner will possibly get a shot at the gold.
The card also features 'Shogun' Mauricio Rua vs. “Minotouro” Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and one of the most awaited trilogies where Alexander Gustafsson will make his HW debut against a former champ Fabricio Werdum.
As per experts, Till Robert's movements, his explosiveness and endurance are better than that of Till, he has a better striking and better ground game. Till on the other hand won over Kelvin Gastelum in a very close fight, in his very first MW appearance. Prior to that, he also had a loss against Jorge Masvidal and he is inexperienced in the middleweight division, and the fans have picked Whittaker as a betting favorite against the former 170 lbs title challenger Darren Till.
However, Till's power can't be overshadowed and Whittaker's deteriorating chin can also be one problem that the Aussy might face going on against Till. Likewise, Till's last fight proved that he is pretty fast at this division as well and his left-hand still poses a threat to many. But when the cage closes, it all boils down to one question, can Till adjust and handle Robert's explosive intervals. Can Till adjust himself against someone like Whittaker? However, MMA fans have ranked Till as the betting favorite, for this very match.
Here are the card and odds as per CBS sports
Both the fighters are looking for the redemption of some kind and technically they will have opposite stands. As Whittaker is an aggressor and Till is a counter puncher, the fight will surely be interesting. The fight should be visually appealing as both fighters are flashy and entertaining. We believe Whittaker will make the necessary adjustments against Till and will be able to hide his overhand right. Likewise, he will also be a little bigger and heavier than Till, so if he respects Darren's power and stays away from his left hand, we believe Whittiker will turn out victorious and fight Costa Vs. Adesanya's winner.
But, if you want to double your money, you should definitely bet on the +100 underdog Till, as he also has a nice fight IQ and has a win over Kelvin Gastelum, one of the strongest MW fighters, on his MW debut.