- Odds: Darren Till (4/5), Robert Whittaker (1/1).
- Date & Location: August 15, 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland.
- Prediction: Darren Till by TKO/KO.
The UFC makes it’s long awaited return to Dublin on August 2020. With a fireworks headliner between two top middleweights Darren Till and former champ Robert Whittaker. We preview the opening odds for UFC Dublin with our early fight prediction.
Darren Till vs. Robert Whittaker Odds
Darren Till has a slight advantage in the opening betting odds, with a winning probability of 55% over Robert Whittaker. This close betting line means if you bet $100 on Till you’d profit $80 and a $100 bet on Whittaker would net you $100.
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Who has the edge?
This fight is almost a 50/50 one, you have Darren Till picking up his first win in three bouts after moving up in weight class from welter to middleweight. Till looked more composed against Kelvin Gastelum and fought a safe fight to pick up a decision win.
For Robert Whittaker the question remains how will he bounce back after losing his title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243. The former champ claimed he felt the pressure of being the champion and perhaps we will see a more loose and fluid Whittaker when he faces Till.
Given the fact the Whittaker is coming off a loss and will have to travel from New Zealand to Dublin for this, the bookies are placing him the slight underdog. We seen Darren Till’s ability to move in and out with smooth transitions, similar to how Adesanya made Whittaker miss. Till will rely on his counter strikes to catch Whittaker and land the bigger shots.
Expect the UFC to fast track Till towards another title shot if he wins. For Rob Whittaker this is almost a cross roads fight.
UFC Dublin News
The current plan is for UFC Dublin to take place inside the 3Arena. This will be the first time the UFC lands in Ireland since Nov. 2016. Okamoto noted that former UFC “champ-champ” and Dublin native Conor McGregor isn’t expected to compete on the card.
In other news BloodyElbow reports that Jack Cartwright (8-0) declared that he is ‘the most exciting bantamweight in Europe’ and asked for a slot on the upcoming UFC Dublin card, which is set for August 15th.