Kelvin Gastelum (15-4-0, 1NC) takes on Darren “The Gorilla” Till (17-2-1), who will be making his middleweight debut, at UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
Gastelum was last in action in April against current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, where the 28 year-old American showed a wider variety of punching combinations than he had previously. Despite going down to defeat by Unanimous Decision, he did manage to hurt Adesanya.
The 26 year-old from Liverpool, England has lost his last two fights to Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal. The former welterweight title challenger makes the step up to middleweight after struggling with weight cuts. Despite moving up a division, the six-foot Till will still have a three-inch height and a similar reach advantage over Gastelum.
Kelvin Gastelum vs Darren Till Betting Lines & Prediction
When it comes to UFC 244 predictions here, Kelvin Gastelum looks to be the better overall fighter. He possesses superb speed and punching power and has a KO record of 40% in fights. Defensively he’s not the best, but his speed and durability help to keep him out of trouble. He’s also never been on the receiving end of a knockout himself.
Till is dangerous offensively, particularly with his rapid left kick/ straight left hand combinations, but he’s not noted for his defensive abilities. There were certainly easier fights that could have been put in front of the Englishman in stepping up to the new weight.
In the Fight Result betting lines, Gastelum is on offer at odds of -200 (1.50) with bet365, with the UFC betting line on Till at +175 (2.75) with Betway Sports. The Californian has to be the tip to prevail in this fight.
UFC 244 Prediction: Fight Result – Kelvin Gastelum to win @ -200 (1.50) with bet365