Darren Till
The Gorilla

United Kingdom

Out
Injury Face
Est. Return 3/1/2022
Suffers face injury
MiddleweightUFC
Out
September 8, 2021
Till is facing a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, pending further evaluation for potential facial injuries, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Till fell to Derek Brunson via submission last Saturday. He will need clearance from a doctor to be able to fight again before March after receiving a facing CT scan. Interestingly enough, the report didn't mention any potential knee injury, which was a big story this week after Till's coach told Brett Okamoto of ESPN that the 28-year-old sustained a torn ACL just nine weeks prior to the fight. Till elected to put off surgery and attempt to fight anyway, which can at least partially explain the poor showing. If there is any truth to these reports, an inevitable knee surgery would presumably sideline Till longer than any medical suspension.
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Not competitive in main event
MiddleweightUFC
Out
September 4, 2021
Till lost to Derek Brunson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was essentially a must-win for Till, and not only did he not get the victory, he was dominated the entire way in defeat. Entering as a baffling -150 favorite, Till appeared out of sorts and overwhelmed from the very start. He was blitzed by Brunson in Round 1, likely finding himself on the short end of a 10-8 score. It was a little better for Till in Round 2, but just barely. Midway through Round 3, he gave up his back and was choked out by an opponent who entered the night with just three submission victories in his career. Roughly three years ago, Till took a unanimous decision from Stephen Thompson and fought Tyron Woodley for the UFC Middleweight Championship about three months later. He lost that fight, and has lost three of four since. The defeats have all come against top-flight competition, but it's impossible to defend a 1-4 mark in Till's past five bouts. Time is theoretically on Till's side considering he won't turn 29 years of age until Christmas Eve, but it remains to be seen how and when the UFC wants to run him out there again after this latest loss.
Date pushed back again
MiddleweightUFC
Out
July 29, 2021
Till is now tentatively scheduled to face Derek Brunson in a middleweight matchup at UFC 266 on September 4, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This was a fight that at one point was scheduled for April and later pushed back to mid-August, only to be pushed back once again. The UFC hopes to hold September's pay-per-view event overseas in London, though that is looking less likely by the day. Most recently, sportsbooks had listed Till as approximately a (-135) betting favorite for this matchup between top contenders at 185 pounds.
Taking on Brunson on Aug. 14
MiddleweightUFC
Out
May 12, 2021
Till will face Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night on Aug. 14, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Till had to withdraw from the headliner at UFC on ABC 2 on April 10 with a fractured collarbone but should be ready to return to the ring to battle Brunson on Aug. 14. Till most recently lost to Robert Whittaker back in July of 2020 while Brunson will be fresh off his defeat of Kevin Holland in March.
Pulls out of headliner with injury
MiddleweightUFC
Out
March 30, 2021
Till and Marvin Vettori will no longer headline UFC on ABC 2 on April 10, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Per Nolan King of USA Today, Till suffered a fractured collarbone during training that will ultimately make him unable to compete. It's a major loss for the company's second-ever nationally-televised event on ABC. Till had been listed as a (+140) underdog for this matchup, but a win here could have easily earned him a shot at middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Instead, it appears the UFC will explore other options in terms of a short-notice replacement for Vettori.
Matched against Marvin Vettori
MiddleweightUFC
Out
January 26, 2021
Till (knee) will take on Marvin Vettori in a middleweight headliner on April 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Till has lost three of his last four fights, though he's faced quite a few tough opponents. Those losses have come against Tyron Woodley (a second-round submission in 2018), Jorge Masvidal (a second-round knockout in 2019) and Robert Whittaker (a unanimous decision in 2020), all in headline matches. He was set to face Jack Hermansson in December but was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. His opponent, Vettori, filled in for him in that match and won a unanimous decision, giving him his fourth consecutive win.