Darren Till
The Gorilla

United Kingdom

Taking on Brunson on Aug. 14
MiddleweightUFC
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.
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Pulls out of headliner with injury
MiddleweightUFC
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
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.
Withdraws with injury
MiddleweightUFC
November 6, 2020
Till withdrew from his upcoming fight against Jack Hermansson due to an injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed, though Till tore his MCL back in July, which would seem to be the obvious explanation. Kevin Holland will step in to take his place against Hermansson.
Set to headline Dec. 5 card
MiddleweightUFC
August 21, 2020
Till (knee) will square off against Jack Hermansson in a middleweight matchup on the UFC's Dec. 5 card, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Till tore his MCL during the second round of his July 25 fight versus Robert Whitaker, likely impacting his ability to keep pace with Whitaker as the fight wore on. It still marks his third loss in four fights, so Till will try to use the opportunity to bounce back versus Hermansson, who is looking to build off of his early submission of Kelvin Gastelum (heel hook) on the July 18 card. Till's scheduled bout should serve as confirmation that the knee issue are expected to be behind him by December, though this headliner does appear to be a bit fragile. Should it go on as planned, Till will give up an inch in height and three inches in reach to Hermansson, in addition to statistical edges in striking and wrestling volume. When healthy, Till is a threat to end the fight in one punch at any point, but the former welterweight's power hasn't necessarily carried over to middleweight, and Hermansson is one of the best 185-pounders on the roster.
Details torn MCL
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.