The number of fans calling for Darren Till (17-1-1) to move up to 185lbs have been steadily increasing for some time now and it would appear that their wish has finally been granted.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has confirmed he has suffered a hand injury that will require surgery, which will make him ineligible for the UFC 230 main event slot at Madison Square Garden, New York on the 3rd November. Continue reading “News: Tyron Woodley out 8 – 12 weeks and unable to fill vacant UFC 230 main event slot”
Saturday 8th September – American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
In the main event, Tyron Woodley will defend his UFC welterweight title against Darren Till. Woodley has seemed to be invincible at the top since winning the belt in dramatic fashion from Robbie Lawler. He will hope this form continues against a heavy hitting and game Darren Till, hungry to live his dream and capture the welterweight strap. Continue reading “Results: UFC 228 – Woodley vs. Till”
A video has begun to circulate online which appears to show UFC welterweight title contender, Darren Till involved in an altercation outside of a bar.
Continue reading “Watch: Video emerges of Darren Till involved in nightclub scuffle”
Two years after Tyron Woodley shocked the world and obliterated the former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, he has his fourth opportunity to defend his belt against the English brawler Darren Till. In this article, we will take a look at both fighters as we wait patiently for UFC 228.
Another week in the crazy world of MMA, we have had UFC Calgary with a crazy card, Conor Mcgregor has had his court hearing, Bellator adding multiple fighters to their roster and Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series once again lives up to expectations. In this article, we will take a quick look at the main things that happened in mixed martial arts last week.
Liverpool’s own number two ranked welterweight Darren “The Gorilla” Till (17-0-1) is confirmed via Dana White, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, to fight current UFC welterweight champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (18-3-1) for the title at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas.
Considering the way confusion reigns in a number of UFC divisions these days, the welterweight title picture seemed to be a relatively straight forward one.
Reigning champion Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) has held the belt since defeating Robbie Lawler in dramatic fashion back at UFC 201 in November 2016. Since then he’s defended the belt three times, fighting to a majority draw with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 205 before defeating Wonderboy in a somewhat less entertaining contest at UFC 209. Four months later at UFC 214, Woodley defended his title for a third time, earning a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia.
Fans and professionals alike have had a lot to say about Darren Till weighing in 3.5lbs over the welterweight limit last weekend.
By Tills own admission, he is a large welterweight. We know he has a tough cut in the best of circumstances. While he has admirably taken full accountability and refused point blank to offer excuses for his miss, the UFC made it clear that a personal emergency interrupted his weight cut process the night before weigh ins.
Earlier today Paddy Power, one of Till’s sponsors, released some behind the scenes footage shot by members of the Liverpudlian’s camp during his ill fated attempt to reach 171lbs.
Whatever your opinion of Till, it does not make for comfortable viewing but I highly encourage you to take a look at it before forming an opinion.
The main event of UFC Liverpool promised a chess match of a striking contest between two of the most accomplished and dangerous talents in the hugely stacked welterweight division. It surely delivered on it’s tension filled five round promise (albeit short of clear cut offensive action.)
Ultimately, it was a lacklustre 25 minute clash, with an already under scrutiny Darren Till claiming a split decision win over Stephen Thompson following a botched weight cut on Saturday morning. Hometown hero Till, stepped onto the scales weighing a massive 174 pounds, until it was revealed his pregnant partner was in hospital suffering complications with her pregnancy. Adding to the growing list of weigh in headaches in 2018, Thompson and his team negotiated a deal that would see the main event go ahead, forcing Till to hand over 30% of his fight purse and upon midday of fight day, had to successfully weigh in no more than 188lbs.
So with new terms reached, the main event at the Echo Arena was back on.
An almost point fighting, hugely composed display from both men filled the 25 minute period, with ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson’s impeccable footwork and Karate blitz counter striking forcing the heavy handed Till to conserve his energy and carefully throw that clubbing left hand. A shot he landed expertly in the final round, dropping Thompson for a brief moment. A split decision was questionably awarded to Till, with Thompson doing enough to win 3 of the 5 rounds in my opinion.
So what’s next for Darren Till?
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington loser: I certainly don’t believe Darren Till deserves a title tilt just yet, especially with his weight cut fiasco and the controversial nature surrounding his decision victory.
In just over two weeks time, a legitimate challenger for Tyron Woodley will be established in Chicago at UFC 225, as former lightweight trail blazer Rafael dos Anjos meets brash trash talker Colby Covington for the interim 170lbs championship. The perfect match up to test Till in my opinion, would see him challenge the loser of the RDA and Covington fight.
It had be said, “The Gorilla” is yet to be tasked with dealing with a supreme and superior wrestler, something dos Anjos and maybe more so, Amercian Top Team’s Colby Covington represents. I’m currently leaning towards dos Anjos to stop Colby, subsequently taking the interim crown.
So why not pit Till versus the loud mouth Oregan State All-American?..
Kamaru Usman: It remains to be seen if Till will leapfrog Stephen Thompson and claim the #1 spot at welterweight. This is particularly due to his failure to make the 170lbs limit, so if he moves a few considerable ranks, face him off against fellow up and coming talent Kamaru Usman.
With head honcho Dana White confirming that Till will in fact fight in Vegas in his next trip to the octagon, a PPV spot containing both future champions in my opinion, will further bolster their recognition in a heated welterweight division. Usman is a cerebral wrestler who crept past Demian Maia at UFC Chile recently, but his “safety first” approach replicates champion Tyron Woodley to a certain extent. This would afford Till another opportunity to be tested against a high level wrestler.
Robbie Lawler: If this dream matchup gets made and if Till emerged with the win, it almost represents a certain passing of a welterweight torch (even more so than RDA’s demolition of “Ruthless” Robbie). Dos Anjos mauled Lawler unquestionably, ensuring he is seen as a certified elite mixed-martial artist who has reinvigorated his career since his venture up a division.
Till is still a huge prospect but a stoppage win in particular over the blood and guts veteran that is Robbie Lawler represents arguably the biggest feather in his cap to date.