UFC 228 Betting Predictions And Odds – Woodley vs Till & More…
Before we all start thinking about the return of Conor McGregor to the octagon, the UFC 228 will give us quite a treat. The American Tyron Woodley and the Englishman Darren Till will square off this Saturday, September 8 in a Main Event welterweight war at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. My UFC picks are below and odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Bonus.
The undercard is solid as well featuring Nicco Montano and Valentina Shevchenko battling for the Women’s flyweight title. Also, Magomedsharipov vs. Davis, Andrade vs. Kowalkiewicz and Alhassan vs. Price will see action. It’s an overall dense fight card for UFC 228 with plenty to look forward before all the hype swallows UFC 229.
- UFC 228
- When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- American Airlines Center, Dallas Texas
- How to watch online: UFC PPV
So, let’s give a go and check out what we can see at the American Airlines Center on Saturday.
UFC 228 Main Event: Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) vs Darren Till (17-0-1)
- Tyron Woodley -112
- Darren Till -108
- Total Rounds: 4.5
It’s been over a year since the current champ Tyron Woodley saw any fighting action. When the fight was announced Woodley opened as -130 favorite at Sportsbetting.ag. But over the last couple of weeks, the odds have seen plenty of changes. The champion will be barely a favorite by the time the fight starts. Woodley doesn’t have to prove anything. He needs to follow the recipe that allowed him to be on top and successfully defended the titles three times. He’s a standout wrestler, who has improved soundly counter-attacking with dangerous kicks.
Even fighting with the counterattack in mind, Woodley dictates the pace of most of his fights. But this isn’t a compliment as many gaps of his fights became a dull staring contest. His defense has been successful by stalling or neutralizing his opponents until they leave the door open in frustration. What’s give him an undeniable advantage in this fight is his savvy submissions and transitional grappling. At -112 at Sportsbetting.ag, Woodley is a great bet. The public had backed Till over the last few weeks, giving the American better money line odds.
The upper coming Till will try to take advantage of his first shot at the title by also putting together a counter-attacking plan. It sure isn’t great news for the casual UFC fan who wants to see a memorable fight. Memo to those fans: It won’t happen. The Englishman’s camp has been saying for a while Till is the best fighter of his division. It’s going to take an outstanding performance to back up that statement. Till is not known to put together risky tactics, and with the title on the line, I can’t see this changing.
Darren Till is a Muay Thai enthusiast with excellent awareness and disciplined hand-fighting. The problem is he’s going against another disciplined fighter who is not afraid of letting the young man take the leading approach to the fight. Till’s inexperience will be noticeable halfway through the night. It will give Tyron Woodley a chance to take advantage of Till’s desperation to put the fight on his side with his counter efforts.
UFC Undercard: Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko
- Nicco Montano +900
- Valentina Shevchenko -1600
- Total Rounds: 3.5
When Valentina Shevchenko challenged Nicco Montano at UFC 228, the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship title will be on the line. I don’t want to overhype this fight, but this could be the best one of the night. While Woodley and Till will give us a tactical battle, Shevchenko and Montano will go straight to each other right from the start. It wreaks entertainment. The oddsmakers at Sportsbetting.ag have Shevchenko as a massive favorite at -1600 at the money line.
The line opened with the Kyrgyz as a -900 favorite, but that ship quickly sailed. Montano could be the champion, but Valentina is the most experience of the two. She has survived every imaginable battle to reach the UFC stage, finally. I can’t see this one getting into five rounds. Shevchenko is too fast and powerful. Montano will battle to stay in the fight, but she will feel overpowered and overwhelm by Valentina’s insane fighting pace.
UFC Undercard: Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis
- Brandon Davis +775
- Zabit Magomedsharipov -1200
- Total Rounds: N/A
By the time you learn how to say Zabit Magomedsharipov properly, the fight had already ended. The Russian is a wrestling freak quickly making a name –no pun intended- for himself. His submissions are a danger for any of his opponents. And if he can’t put in place his will, he will throw punches like there is no tomorrow.
I like Brandon Davis. At least I can say his name, but he’s over his head in this one. The +775 betting odds on his chances are not good enough for me to back what looks like a losing bet. The American has lost two of his last three outing against opponents with fewer skill sets than Magomedsharipov.
UFC 228 Undercard: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Niko Price
- Niko Price ++15
- Abdul Razak Alhassan -135
- Total Rounds: 1.5
Have you ever seen somebody hit like a monster truck? That’s Abdul Razak Alhassan. He has won every one of his fights with an I-can’t-believe-he-just-did-that type of punch. The smallest space you give Alhassan he will send opponents to the ground to never get back up. Niko Price is a different challenge because of his grappling skills.
He also can KO opponents; although that’s not his wheelhouse. What helps Alhassan is his judo background. It will give him an opportunity to get out of a problem if things are not going his way. I still see the African winning this fight with a YouTube-worthy punch. It’s an under the radar type of match. It should be a great adventure between two unknown but very skilled fighters.