UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till Preview
By Joel Croichy
Donald Cerrone (32–9) vs. Darren Till (15–0–1)
The main event should be entertaining to watch as the always exciting Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone challenges undefeated rising star Darren Till. Cerrone is an all-around fighter who has excellent kickboxing skills, along with a very underrated submission game. He has earned respect from many MMA fans because he never leaves a fight in the hands of the judges by continually looking for ways to get wins by stoppage. In his professional MMA career, he gathered sixteen wins via submission and eight via KO/TKO. Cerrone, however, is currently on a two-fight losing streak in which he lost to Jorge Masvidal and Robbie Lawler and is aiming to get back in the win column. His upcoming opponent, Till, is currently enjoying an impressive 15-fight winning streak and has the chance to earn the biggest win in his professional MMA career. With nine wins via KO/TKO, Till believes he is the best striker in the welterweight division. While Till is very confident in his striking ability, Cerrone is still a considerable step up in competition for him because he is versatile and possesses the ability to dominate the fight wherever it goes.
Pick: Donald Cerrone
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10–2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6–2)
Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz is aiming to bounce back from her previous two losses as she welcomes UFC newcomer Jodie Esquibel. Kowalkiewicz is a well-rounded fighter who is not afraid to exchange strikes on her feet or wrestle with her opponents. She scored wins over Rose Namajunas, Heather Jo Clark, Mizuki Inoue and went five full rounds with current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion, Joanna Jędrzejczyk back at UFC 205. Across the cage from her will be former Invicta FC title challenger, Esquibel who showcased her solid boxing skills in her previous bouts in Invicta FC. In her last outing against DeAnna Bennett, Esquibel relied on landing combinations, her quick footwork, and toughness to capture the win. Kowalkiewicz has more to lose than Esquibel in this co-headliner, but she should pick up the win because she has more fighting experience and will have the home country advantage.
Pick: Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Devin Clark (8-1) vs. Jan Blachowicz (19-7)
Former RFA Light Heavyweight Champion Devin Clark will be entering enemy territory as he takes on Polish striker and former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz. A win for Blachowicz is a must because he is coming off two consecutive losses and is 2-4 so far in his UFC career. Blachowicz is a strong striker with dynamite in his hands, which he showcased in his promotional debut a few years ago against Ilir Latifi. Blachowicz will have his chin tested when he challenges Clark who likes to strike as well. Clark is a tough prospect who is looking to extend his winning streak to three and climb up in the light heavyweight division. A win over Blachowicz in his home country won’t be easy, and Clark will be tested in the early moments of the fight but could pick up the win via stoppage.
Pick: Clark via stappage.
Oskar Piechota (9-0-1) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-2)
Undefeated Polish striker, Oskar Piechota, will make his promotional debut against Jonathan Wilson who dropped down from light heavyweight to the middleweight division. Piechota is a top prospect who has earned all nine of his professional MMA wins by way of stoppage. Impressively, in his last two bouts, Piechota secured two knockouts victories in a combined total of 68 seconds. His upcoming opponent, Wilson is also known for his knock out ability and won most of his fights via knockout. In his UFC debut, Wilson ended his match early by stopping Chris Dempsey within the first minute in the very first round. However, with a two-fight losing streak, Wilson’s back is likely against the wall and winning is a necessity. Both competitors possess incredible power in their hands which means this fight will not go the distance. Piechota should pick up the win because he will be entering this bout with more confidence being an undefeated fighter while looking to excite his home audience.
Pick: Oskar Piechota