Darren Till
The Gorilla


Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/1/2020
Details torn MCL
July 30, 2020
Till suffered a torn MCL in his left knee during the second round of his decision loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Island 4 on July 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
The timing of the injury makes sense in the context of the fight, as the first round happened to be the only round where Till had the edge in both significant and total strikes. Whittaker really turned it on the second frame as Till adjusted to the injury, as the former outlanded Till 15-to-3 in significant strikes and 42-to-3 in total strikes. It's an incredibly tough break for Till, who could have positioned himself for a top contender spot with a victory. Instead, he'll be sidelined for the foreseeable future and may not fight again until 2021. Till will need at least six weeks of immobilization in a cast before the doctors can reassess the damage.
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Fades in loss to Robert Whittaker
July 25, 2020
Till lost to Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Till started very strong and finished reasonably strong, but Whittaker won the fight in the three rounds in between. Till did manage to score the biggest strike of the bout -- a knockdown of Whittaker with a short elbow in Round 1. Both his striking volume and overall effectiveness dropped from that point on. Till is a fighter who is at his best when he is stringing together combinations, and he wasn't able to do that against Whittaker. He also absorbed far too many leg kicks. It made it difficult for Till to get the necessary power behind his strikes. Till is in a difficult spot moving forward. He's obviously an excellent fighter and has some stellar wins on his resume (Kelvin Gastelum, Stephen Thompson, Donald Cerrone), but he's 1-3 in his past four fights and his only victory in that span came via split decision. The UFC better be careful about who they match him up against next, because they run the risk of blowing any future value Till may have if he drops another one.
Set to fight Whittaker in July
May 28, 2020
Till is expected to fight Robert Whittaker in a middleweight matchup July 25, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
Till will benefit from a two-inch height advantage and a one-inch reach asset if the promotion indeed officially books his match with Whittaker. He's coming off a win via unanimous decision against Kelvin Gastelum in November, which broke a two-fight losing streak. Given both fighters are internationally based, it appears this could be one of the debut fights on the company's highly-anticipated "Fight Island." The winner here could very well be put on the fast track for a shot at Israel Adesanya's middleweight title.
Gets by Kelvin Gastelum in NYC
November 2, 2019
Till defeated Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
Till fought better than the 'split decision' term leads you to believe and he deserved to win without a shadow of a doubt, but neither man did a whole heck of a lot in what was a surprisingly dull fight. Till did do a nice job of keeping Gastelum off balance and limiting his time and space to fire off counter strikes. Kelvin has always excelled fighting bigger opponents and if nothing else, Till put an end to that. While it wasn't an exciting bout, Till looked fairly competent considering his visa issues and late arrival to New York. Till was pushed too hard, too fast at welterweight in his early days with the company and it showed. He's clearly a middleweight and whether this was an off night for Gastelum or not, Till still was able to defeat one of the top 185-pounders on the UFC roster. It was a nice effort for the 26-year-old Liverpool native.
Makes weight despite travel scare
November 1, 2019
Till weighed in at 186 pounds Friday morning, locking in his co-main event matchup against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Till was a late arrival to New York for fight week, as visa issues delayed his plans until Thursday. Even through all of that chaos, Till ended up making weight successfully, though it certainly helped that he was moving up to middleweight for this matchup (his previous weight-cutting issues had occurred at welterweight). The UFC went as far as to line up up a replacement for Till by bringing in Jarred Cannonier, though Gastelum made public that he would not accept a fight against a short-notice replacement, and Cannonier ended up missing weight by 0.8 pounds anyway. Even more controversy surfaced Friday morning, as Gastelum weighed in for this fight at the last possible minute, and video of the event appears to have shown him leaning on his striking coach while on the scales. The New York State Athletic commission has since investigated the issue and determined Gastelum's mark will stand, locking in the two combatants for Saturday's co-main event. Till currently is a betting underdog of approximately (+220) for that matchup.
Lands in New York
October 31, 2019
Till touched down in New York on Thursday, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Till was experiencing visa issues that delayed his arrival to New York, but his arrival confirms that his middleweight bout with Kelvin Gastelum should proceed as scheduled. He said that he doesn't anticipate any weigh-in issues despite the travel issues, and he should be ready for weigh-in Friday.