UFC Fight Night 130: Thompson Vs Till Main Card Preview
Fans of the UFC are usually forced to stay up late to see the big fights, but the fight night set for this weekend is one for the early birds. Held in Liverpool, England, this event will be shown on FS1 starting at 10 AM EST on Sunday morning. It’s a busy main card, so we suggest you get the coffee going early so that you are awake and ready to watch and wager when the big fights begin. For the UFC Fight Night 130, we have 6 fights on the main card, and we are going to take a closer look at each of them below.
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Eric Spicely (-200) Vs Darren Stewart (+160)
This is a must-win fight for both men, as they are both on the brink of losing their spot in the UFC with another loss. Spicely (10-4) is going to be coming into this fight looking to get his opponent on the mat as quickly as possible. Stewart (7-3) will be trying to steer clear of the takedown, looking instead to land a killer punch that will end this one quickly. I think it is Spicely who will dictate the direction this fight takes, so look for him to get the win via submission.
Davey Grant (+175) Vs Manny Bermudez (-220)
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that this fight is going to be decided on the mat. These two fighters have 24 combined fights, 19 of which have ended by submission. Grant (10-3) has the better striking power of the two, but that will go out the window against Bermudez (12-0) who will be looking to take this one to the ground as quickly as possible. Give the edge to Bermudez here, as I like him to come away with the submission win.
Jason Knight (-155) Vs Makwan Amirkhani (+125)
The fights on the main card seem to be following a familiar theme, as this is another where grappling will more than likely be the order of the day. Knight is 20-4 and has won 65% of his fights via submission. Meanwhile, Amirkhani comes in with a 13-3 record, with 69% of his wins coming via submission. There is very little difference between these two men, which is why I am going with the slight upset here in taking Amirkhani.
Arnold Allen(-280) Vs Mads Burnell (+210)
These are two fighters with very contrasting styles, which should make this one an interesting battle to watch. At 12-1, Allen has won the majority of his fights by KO, while the 9-2 Burnell is a fighter who likes to take the fight to the mat. Whoever can come out and establish their style in the early rounds is probably going to be the eventual winner here. Burnell is going to have to get in close, which means leaving himself open to a killer punch, which I think Allen will land.
Neil Magny (-550) Vs Craig White (+375)
This is a bit of an unfair challenge for White (14-7), as he was called in at the last minute to replace Gunnar Nelson, who was forced to withdraw with a knee injury. This should really prove to be nothing more than a glorified sparring match for Magny (20-7) who has flashed a lot of power in his recent bouts. Look for him to get this one over and done with as quickly as possible.
Stephen Thompson (-170) Vs Darren Till (+140)
The headline fight on the main card looks as though it might be a beauty. Thompson is 14-2-1 and is coming into this one on a good run of form, winning 6 of his last 8 fights. Thompson has never been stopped in any of his fights, so he certainly has the stamina to go all the way here. Till is 16-0-1 and wins the majority of his fights by KO. This is a battle that could well go the distance, and I am going with the upset by taking Till to win.
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