Darren Until will tackle former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker on Saturday at Struggle Island as he seems to be to climb the division rankings.
Whittaker has not fought since shedding the title to Israel Adesanya in October 2019 and is hungry to place that proper.
Liverpool-born fighter Until received his first bout at middleweight in opposition to Kelvin Gastelum, after stepping up from welterweight, and is in search of a title shot if he wins.
Each fighters will need their probability at Adesanya if they arrive away with the victory at UFC Struggle Night time 174 and right here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a take a look at what the predictions for the combat are.
The previous middleweight champion leaned in direction of Until for the win however issues it is going to be a really robust combat and can rely on how a lot Whittaker desires it.
Talking on his Consider You Me podcast, he mentioned: “I feel Darren’s obtained the higher technical putting. The larger measurement and momentum however Robert’s hungry. In opposition to Adesanya it was a foul efficiency. He’s had time away and is hungry once more. Adesanya executed completely, although, and did what he wanted to do.
“It’s all concerning the strategy of Robert Whittaker for me. What’s he going to convey to the desk?
“It’s a tricky combat. I might lean in direction of Darren all day. I do know that his putting is incredible. I say it time and time once more.
“It’s that one combat in opposition to Masvidal that causes me from having a lot confidence from beating him outright.”
Masvidal knocked out Darren Until in London in March 2019 earlier than the English fighter moved as much as middleweight and sees there being little to select from between the pair.
He mentioned: “It’s a tricky one. A giant query when Until was getting back from my combat, how’s he going to carry out? That’s at all times a query of somebody who will get knocked out.
“And in addition how’s Whittaker going to carry out? He obtained stopped in a brutal method. Let’s see how his mindset is. Whittaker has one of many stronger mindsets on this sport.
“I feel it’s going to be an exceptional combat irrespective of which method it goes.”
Quantity three ranked welterweight contender Edwards was backing Until for the win in opposition to Whittaker.
Edwards mentioned: “I feel Darren Until has obtained it. From listening to Robert speak, ‘I’m bored of the sport, blah, blah, blah’. Simply on that mentality alone I’ll go for Darren as a result of he desires to combat.”
Hermansson is making his method up the middleweight rankings and beat Kelvin Gastelum final Sunday.
Until reportedly turned down a combat in opposition to Hermansson, which implies it’s hardly shocking that he’s within the Whittaker camp for the combat.
“I’m positively rooting for Whittaker,” Hermansson instructed MMA Combating. “Simply because they should give Robert Whittaker another person [other than the champion]. Hopefully they’ll really feel the identical.
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“If Until wins, it’s very possible they’ll put him for the title. That’s the way it works whenever you’re a giant draw for him however I personally need Whittaker to win.
“I see Robert Whittaker coming off with the win truly. I can see Robert Whittaker having these abilities that Darren Until doesn’t deal with too effectively just like the explosiveness and the leg kicks that he does. The quick mixture putting, I feel that’s going to be an issue for Darren Until.