Jessin Ayari challenges the undefeated Darren Till in the UFC Fight Pass Prelims in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 109 event in Stockholm, Sweden.
Record: 13-0-1 Height: 6’0″ (183cm)
Reach: 75.0″ (191cm)
Gym: Astra Fight Team
A shoulder injury has forced Darren Till to sit out from the sport he loves most for nearly eighteen months. He’ll return to action against in the primarily European-filled event and look to continue his (almost) perfect run as a professional mixed martial artist.
He was on the way to victory against Nicolas Dalby just five months later until he injured his shoulder and gave up a 10-8 round in the third and final round that allowed Nicolas Dalby to snatch a majority draw decision.
Jessin Ayari is currently enjoying a seven-fight win streak which stretched into the UFC when he was victorious against Jim Wallhead at UFC Fight Night 93. Ayari is a proven finisher, having submitted eight opponents in his sixteen victories.
Darren Till will need to fight off the infamous ‘ring-rust’ and overcome the nervousness of waiting on the sidelines for eighteen months. I am satisfied that he will do so rather quickly and immediately establish himself and his dangerous striking in the octagon against Jessin Ayari.
While Ayari has looked good and could be very good one day too, this one could be over fairly quickly as Darren Till puts in an explosive performance to put himself back on the radar of UFC fans around the world.
Darren Till enters this one as a 3/101.30-3330.30-3.330.30 favourite, which is too short for my liking. I have faith that he can get Jessin Ayari out of the cage by the fifteen minutes are up so I’ll be taking the under 2.5 rounds selection at 7/52.40+1401.401.40-0.71 .
Record: 22-6 Height: 5’9″ (176cm)
Gym: Bastion Tychy
I remember how excited I was when Marcin Held signed with the UFC in August 2016. A unique grappler with plenty of weapons in his submission game, he was surely going to cause trouble. Well, his time in the promotion has started off rather poorly with back-to-back losses to Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon – tough competition, though.
Damir Hadzovic is a major step down in competition for Marcin Held. It’s pretty obvious that the UFC are giving Held one final chance here to put on an impressive display and earn his right to stay in the UFC.
Hadzovic has some heavy hands and is able to put opponents away, but I can’t see Held being tagged too often by his opponent in this one.
If, and when, this one gets to the mat I’d expect Marcin Held to aggressively pursue a submission and get Hadzovic out of there as soon as possible.
In an almost identical circumstance to the Darren Till vs. Jessin Ayari fight, Marcin Held enters this one as a 3/101.30-3330.30-3.330.30 favourite. I could play with the idea of putting this into a parlay, or even taking it straight. I’d rather maximise our long-term profits by selecting the under 2.5 rounds bet again in the hope that Marcin Held realises a decision victory here isn’t all that impressive.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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