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UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves - Idiot's Guide Preview to Wendell Oliveira vs Darren Till

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David Castillo breaks down the three things you need to know for a (maybe) slugfest between Oliviera and Till at UFN 67 in Brazil.

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A pair of hard hitting welterweights look to open the card with someone brutally losing their own consciousness this May 30, 2015 at the Goiânia Arena in Goiânia, Brazil

The Match Up

Welterweight Wendell Oliveira 24-8 vs. Darren Till 12-0

The Odds

Welterweight Wendell Oliveira -120 vs. Darren Till +100

3 Things You Should Know

1. Wendell Oliveira is a wrecking machine. That's the only thing you need to know about the guy.

When we last saw Oliveira, he was swinging wild punches at Ponzinibbio until he got knocked out in less than 90 seconds. For some fighters, nuance is just another obstacle, like not having any toilet paper in the bathroom stall. Oliviera is kind of like that. He doesn't need to be this well rounded mastermind because he's got brute force on his side, and sometimes, blunt force beats brilliant rhythm. I know I'm making Wendell sound like some sort of neanderthal, but I'm not. He's actually fairly skilled in general, and has excellent counter striking skills, but he's a fighter who knows exactly what makes him effective.

2. Darren Till is as much the matador in this fight as he is the bull despite the late notice.

Being a late notice replacement can sometimes be a net positive. Some fighters have openly admitted as much. After all, a lot of these are always training anyway. Sometimes it helps to not be distracted by deliberating a gameplan that may or may not fall short of expectations. Sometimes you just need to fight the way you train naturally, and let the chips fall where they may. Till is the kind of fighter who could benefit from it, as he's a southpaw striker by trade and will hope his counter striker instincts can succeed against the heavy hitting Oliveira.

3. As great as this fight looks on paper, in practice, they're a lot more alike, which could mean something with less piss and vinegar.

So I've painted up Oliveira as some sort of unthinking bowling ball of destruction, which is not all that true. Oliveira is interesting in the way that he has counter striking instincts with brawler abilities. Or perhaps it's the other way around. Oliviera keeps an excellent base, and doesn't overcommit. He stays active with a vicious uppercut in particular, and throws heavy classic one two combinations. His problem is that he doesn't have the defense of a counter striker, so even though counter strikers tend to be defensively sound, Oliveira is too close in the pocket wanting to exchange to ever be effective enough. Which is more or less how he got crumpled against Ponzinibbio.

Till's southpaw stance could prove to be effective. Till has a clean, chopping right hook and is an active kicker who might be able to successfully stay at range. I think Wendell's power and speed will be able to land enough to get Till in trouble. Darren has yet to face any stout competition, so it's a close competitive fight that will have a definitive ending.


Oliviera by TKO, round 2.