UFC Vegas 36
(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC Vegas 36 Preview And Predictions

The UFC is back with another absolutely stacked event, taking place from the APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, September 4th. While the main event between Darren “The Gorilla” Till and Derek Brunson has people talking, the rest of the main card is banger after banger. From debuts in the UFC to stylistic dreams, this card promises to deliver on all fronts. With that being said, let’s dive into the main card for UFC Vegas 36 and break down these fights for y’all.

*Side note, the undercard has some sleepers on it as well. “Meatball” Molly McCann is making her return to the octagon, and we get to see Julian Erosa and Charles Jourdain complete in what promises to be a war. Might want to keep an eye out for those two fights.*

Paddy Pimblett vs. Luigi Vendramini (Lightweight)

Luigi Vendramini is quite the electric fighter. All 9 of his wins have come by finish and he is always looking to get in your face and apply unrelenting pressure. He has a solid chin and quite the gas tank, which always poses issues for his opponents that he gets into the cage with. Under normal circumstances, I would consider taking Vendramini against most guys.

But man, did he draw the wrong guy.

If you have been following Vendetta Sports Media for a while, you know how much I love Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett. I firmly believe that upon his debut this Saturday, he has the makings of a World Champion, and sooner than people think. His unique striking, combined with his superior grappling make him a matchup nightmare for any fighter he goes against. Plus, he is a former champion in Cage Warriors, so the moment shouldn’t be too big for him. I’ll ride Pimblett here and put on a showcase. Pimblett via 2nd round submission.

Modestas Bukauskas vs. Khalil Roundtree (Light Heavyweight)

Modestas Bukauskas is making the walk for the first time since March, looking into snap a two-fight losing streak. Bukauskas is a power puncher (8 of his 11 wins via finish is by KO/TKO) and will look to use his length to find his range and keep Roundtree at bay to avoid his own punching power. But with the pace that Khalil Roundtree puts on, that might be a tall task. Roundtree is a superb athlete who has dynamite in his hands. With an 8-5 record, however, it makes it hard to bet on him in fights. I like Roundtree and have since his days on The Ultimate Fighter, but I think Bukausakas is too much for him. Bukauskas via unanimous decision.

Alex Morono vs. David Zawada (Welterweight)

I hate this fight. Genuinely hate it. These guys in their last 10 fights are a combined 5-5. I have no preview for this fight and no prediction. This fight does not deserve a main card spot on UFC Vegas 36. This kind of fight should open the prelims. Next.

Tom Aspinall vs. Serghei Spivac (Heavyweight)

Listen, I know I should show a little non-bias and try and be objective. I don’t want to shit on Serghei Spivac! He’s a promising 26-year-old fighter from Moldova who has wins over Tai Tuivasa and Alexey Oleynik. With a few more years of training and fights, he could turn into a promising fighter.

But, again, this is a fight where someone just drew the wrong guy.

I am over the moon for Tom Aspinall. This dude has it all: he has massive knockout power, can grapple and submit you, and had good mic skills. His most recent win over future Hall of farmer Andrei Arlovski via rear-naked choke was a masterclass performance, and I predict another showcase for the British Invasion on this card. 2-0 for the Brits on the night so far with my picks. Aspinall via 2nd round TKO.

Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till (5 Rounds – Middleweight)

Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till is undoubtedly, for me looking at the current picture at 185lbs, a title eliminator. Both men would have a case to compete for the title. Brunson, fighting out of Sanford MMA one of the best gyms in the world, has looked very sharp as of late. Since his loss to current champion Israel Adesanya, he has rattled off four-straight wins, including his most recent performance halting the hype train that was Kevin Holland. With 14 first-round finishes and holding a 4-2 record against southpaws, he is the kind of guy that can get this fight out early. But Brunson can also make this a grind-it-out war, possessing well-rounded wrestling and a 94% takedown defense.

Darren Till does possess solid wrestling as well, but many people might not know that because he always finds a way to keep fights standing. With a 16-3 record and only 28 years old, if he can put it together the sky is the limit for “The Gorilla”. With 5 first-round finishes of his own and 10 KO wins on his record, if this fight ends inside the first 5 minutes I would not be totally surprised. The gas tank on Till is solid though, we saw it in his most recent fight with Robert Whittaker. Till has very good footwork and uses feints very well to lure his opponents in and uses his massive punching power to put people to sleep.

I believe the British Invasion is complete on the main card. 3-0 for the Brits because I am riding Till here to cap off UFC Vegas 36. I think his advantage on the feet and the year-plus layoff will bode well for him. I predict we will see the best version of Till we have seen in a very long time. Till via 3rd round TKO.

Check out our Linktree to view our amazing sponsors as well as our socials!