We’re set for a stacked card as UFC 244 takes place this weekend on November 2 at Madison Square Garden, New York. In the co-main event, we have what is bound to be an explosive middleweight matchup as Kelvin Gastelum takes on Darren Till.
Gastelum will be looking to bounce back from his unanimous decision loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 236 earlier this year. As for Till, he will be making his debut at 185 following two straight losses at welterweight where he was finished on both occasions.
And as fight night nears, oddsmakers seem to be more confident in a win for Gastelum. When the fight was announced, he opened as a -155 favorite over the +115 underdog in Till.
However, the Mexican-American is a -225 favorite while Till has moved to +185. That means you would have to bet $225 to win $100 on Gastelum while a $100 stake on the Liverpool native would win you $185.
It appears more and more see Gastelum’s striking and power being the deciding factor, especially given he had plenty of moments against Adesanya who is even lengthier than Till. Till is also coming off a career-first knockout defeat to Jorge Masvidal, so it will be interesting to see how his usually-reliable chin holds up without having to cut an extra 15 pounds.
Here are the opening odds for the pair’s last five fights:
Kelvin Gastelum last five fights
- vs. Israel Adesanya (L): +185
- vs. Ronaldo Souza (W): -105
- vs. Michael Bisping (W): -161
- vs. Chris Weidman (L): +115
- vs. Vitor Belfort (NC): -315
Darren Till last five fights
- vs. Jorge Masvidal (L): -245
- vs. Tyron Woodley (L): +120
- vs. Stephen Thompson (W): +125
- vs. Donald Cerrone (W): +125
- vs. Bokan Velickovic (W): -150