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UFC Fight Night 118 Predictions

UFC Fight Night 118 Predictions

Cerrone vs Till Fight Card

This is some intriguing matchmaking. Donald Cerrone (-170) is a household name among the UFC/MMA community while Darren Till (+135) is a relative unknown.

Cerrone has been one of the UFC's most active fighters but is coming off back-to-back losses against former champion Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal and is 0-2 for the year. Till on the other hand is 2-0 with wins over Jessin Ayari and Bojan Velickovic.

Till took the fight with a quick turnaround having just fought early in September. The English phenom has been competing as a martial artist as early as 15-years-old and even lived in Brazil for three years to further his training. He's now back on his home continent and looking to score his biggest win ever. 

Cerrone vs Till UFC Fight Card

Cerrone is one of the UFC's craftiest fighters on his feet. He has deadly kicks and has video game-like combos like the highlight reel he displayed against Rick Story in 2016. His weakness is his lack of head movement and his tendency to start slow.

Cerrone has been nicked up in his last three fights and a young hungry lion like Till will look to exploit him early. Due to their 2017 performances, this fight makes sense. Cerrone has only fought other known fighters and rarely takes on young bucks like Till though this is stylistically a dangerous fight for him. Cerrone's once iron chin is fading and you can thank his fighting frequency for that. 

Till is on the opposite end.

The Muay Thai master starts quickly and half of his knockouts have come in the first two rounds although he only has one T/KO in the UFC. Till is a pressure fighter and engages his opponents fearlessly. However, he has a tendency to fade late and is susceptible to leg kicks. 

The fight is likely to go one of two ways: Till catches Cerrone early and puts him away or Cerrone survives Till's initial onslaught and out-points him to a decision or finishes him some time in the middle rounds. It leans towards the latter. Despite his fading durability, Cerrone is still incredibly difficult to finish and should he get knocked down, he is still dangerous on the mat. 

Cerrone has more tools to win this fight.

Till has a purple belt in Luta Livre but Cerrone's grappling is vastly superior. Till pushes the pace but Cerrone lands more strikes per minute: 4.23 to Till's 2.98. Cerrone can also wrestle. But the most important stat: Cerrone is undefeated against unranked fighters.

Till will be dangerous and will threaten Cerrone but bet on the Cowboy to pull through. 

UFC Fight Night Predictions - October 21, 2017

Despite all the unknowns, there are some straightforward bets on here.

Going with the obvious, former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-510) is being spoonfed an easy win on her home soil. Jodie Esquibel (+345) is tough and scrappy but poses little threat. Expect Kowalkiewicz to win a decision.

Devin Clark (-155) has a clear path to victory against Jan Blachowicz (+125): wrestling. Blachowicz is defenseless off his back and Clark should exploit this quickly as his chin isn't the best. Andre Fili (-170) gets a crack at Artem Lobov (+130) and should win this fight utilizing his superior reach, speed, and athleticism.

Betting on these fighters individually could be costly but parlaying them into groups will reduce their price tags and give a better bang for your buck.

At online sportsbooks, Canadians have access to a full buffet of UFC/MMA betting odds and a signup bonus of up to $250 is only added incentive to play. 

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