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What’s Next for England’s Darren Till?



What’s Next for England’s Darren Till?

Win lose or draw, Darren Till is a legit middleweight and deserves to be competing amongst the best in the UFC.

It’s fair to say that when looking back on ‘Fight Island,’ it had its memorable moments, as well as a few drawbacks.

When Dana White announced a couple of months ago that ‘Fight Island’ was real, the MMA community thought that it was only a dream. However, the president turned that dream into a reality.

Months later, we’re now reflecting on the events at the infamous ‘Fight Island.’



The key moments during ‘Fight Island’

The highlights of ‘Yas Island included: Jorge Masvidal stepping in on six days notice to face Kamaru Usman, a controversial decision in the Alexander Volkanovski/Max Holloway bout, an inspirational debut from Jiri Prochazka, a new flyweight king and much more.

In the penultimate card in Abu Dhabi, MMA fans were treated to a jaw-dropping clash between two middleweight giants in Robert ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker and Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till.

Unfortunately for the Brit, Till fell just short, losing via a decision to the Aussie native.

That now leaves Till 1-1 in his two bouts at 185. It wasn’t all bad news for ‘The Gorilla.’ It’s fair to say that his stock has been raised following the heart and passion he showed in the fight.

During the second-round, Till tore his MCL. Much to the surprise of the doctors who didn’t even know at the time.

To fight another 15 minutes with a torn MCL, you’ve got to give Darren some respect.

A brief history of ‘The Gorilla’

After a successful tenure in various promotions across South America, Till was signed by MMA’s premier promotion.

The scouser made his UFC debut in 2015 against Wendell de Oliveira. Following victories over Jessin Ayari and Bojan Veličković, a door was opened.

A main event bout with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone loomed for England’s finest. It took till just four and a half minutes to defeat Cerrone, in what was a sensational performance.

Till then got his wish, a fight in Liverpool against a pioneer of MMA, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.

Following a decision victory on home soil, ‘The Gorilla’ had the chance to claim gold.

UFC 228, a fight against then-champion, Tyron Woodley, could this be the moment? Or was it too soon for the young prospect?

On that night, sadly, Woodley was too much for Till, submitting the young Brit in the second round.

Six months later, Till would headline UFC’s annual trip to London against ‘Gamebred.’ Regrettably, Masvidal defeated ‘The Gorilla.’

A move up to 185

A change was needed. Was the gorilla starting to fade away? Absolutely not.

The excellent Muay Thai striker decided to move up to middleweight. Who would welcome ‘The Gorilla’ to the division? None other than Kelvin Gastelum.

After a strategic, well-fought, fight from Till, ‘The Gorilla’ edged the decision.

Darren then got his wish by facing ‘The Reaper,’ and as I eluded to earlier, Till just fell short.

What’s next for Till?

Moreover, though, there’s plenty of ambitious contenders out there for Darren.

With the UFC booking Whittaker and Jared Cannonier for UFC 254, there’s only one name in mind for Darren. Jack Hermansson.

Hermansson was on the verge of a title shot when he came up against Cannonier. However, the 32 year old Swedish international was knocked out in the second round.

‘The Joker’ made his comeback on July 19th, against Gastelum. Hermansson secured a first-round submission victory, and the win-now means that he’s put himself back in the mix.

Realistically speaking, a fight with Hermansson makes sense for Till. Derek Brunson is also a shout, following his recent victory against the ‘Golden Boy’ in Edmen Shahbazyan.

Nevertheless, defeat to Whittaker doesn’t spell the end for Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till. He will no doubt come back stronger than ever, determined to eventually get that illustrious title shot at middleweight.


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James is born and raised in Taunton, Somerset. James is a second-year journalism student at the University of Portsmouth. James is heavily into his football, supporting Chelsea FC, and MMA. For news regarding football and UFC/MMA, James is your man. You can follow James on Twitter: @EvansJames99 and you can contact James at: [email protected]


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