Darren Till
The Gorilla

England

Set to face Gastelum on Nov. 2
MiddleweightUFC
August 26, 2019
Till will face Kelvin Gastelum at middleweight for UFC 244 on Nov. 2 in New York City, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After two straight losses, Till will make a long-anticipated move up to middleweight after suffering well-documented, excruciating weight cuts trying to make 171 pounds. Gastelum went through similar troubles before he made the move up to 185, and it's actually Till that will enter three-inch advantages in both height and reach. Till has started to get questions about his chin of late, especially after getting brutally knocked out by Jorge Masvidal in March. The move up will presumably boost his hydration and stamina, but it will be interesting to see how he stacks up against larger fighters in terms of power moving forward. While the 5-foot-9 Gastelum doesn't exactly fit the bill of a "larger" fighter, he does sport significantly better offensive striking numbers. Given that Gastelum's last fight was a narrow loss in a five-round war with current interim champion Israel Adesanya, Till appears likely to enter as the underdog.
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Brutally stopped by Jorge Masvidal
MiddleweightUFC
March 16, 2019
Till lost to Jorge Masvidal via TKO (punches) at 3:05 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
It was an odd start to the fight, as Masvidal sprinted out and immediately connected with an illegal groin strike to Till. After a brief stoppage for Till to collect himself, Till dropped Masvidal and it looked like the fight could be over early. Masvidal was able to withstand the punishment and get back to his feet, where Till recorded another takedown but let him right back up. It then turned into more of a kickboxing match, where Till controlled the Octagon and appeared to have a striking edge. While Till was connecting, the shots didn't appear to do a ton of damage and Masvidal was returning fire. That may just be a testament to the chin of Masvidal, however. In the second round, Till came out aggressive and maintained Octagon control, but the fight briefly stopped again due to an inadvertent eye poke by Till. Masvidal briefly threatened with a takedown, but it was back to kickboxing again after that. In a quick flurry, Masvidal then connected with a left hand that hit him just right, and he connected several more times on the way to the ground. It was all over for Till from there. Till is an incredibly skilled fighter, but one has to wonder if he would be fare better cutting less weight in the middleweight division. After two consecutive losses, he may be forced to shake things up.
Headlining London event
MiddleweightUFC
January 16, 2019
Till will square off against Jorge Masvidal to headline UFC Fight Night in London on March 16, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The announcement confirms that Till will indeed be remaining at welterweight for the time being. He'll be coming off a loss for the first time in his professional career after falling to Tyron Woodley in the second round via submission at UFC 228 in September. His opponent, Masvidal, is riding a two-fight losing streak and has lost five of his last nine matches.
Move to middleweight delayed
MiddleweightUFC
January 15, 2019
Till will remain at welterweight for a few more fights despite announcing a switch to middleweight in the fall, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
ANALYSIS
Till announced a move up in weight classes in October following a loss to Tyron Woodley. The move makes sense given his history of troubles with his weight cut, but it will be put on hold for now. When he does eventually move up, he hopes to square off against Israel Adesanya.
Announces move to middleweight
MiddleweightUFC
October 3, 2018
Till, via his sponsors at Paddy Power, announced that he will move to the middleweight division, Damon Martin of MMANYTT.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This move shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Till was a very large welterweight with documented troubles getting to the 170-pound limit. It's not out of the ordinary for Till to enter fight week north of 200 pounds, and most fighters will tell you that cuts certainly don't get any easier as your career advances. While Till didn't rule out a return to welterweight down the road, he noted many of the challenges in a statement, and concluded that "I don't like doing it." His prospects at middleweight seem strong, as Till won't necessarily concede major size advantages, and he'll be a much fresher combatant on fight night. This was once of his first statements since the loss to Tyron Woodley in September, though he fell short of disclosing any future fight plans.
Falls in the second round of the main event of UFC 228
MiddleweightUFC
September 8, 2018
Till lost to Tyron Woodley via submission (D'Arce choke) at 4:19 of Round 2 at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Till did not really get anything going in this fight. In the first round, he could not really land any strikes. Woodley did a good job of moving on the outside and changing distance. In the second round, Woodley countered him with a hard right and dropped him. Till showed a lot of heart surviving a barrage on the ground. However, Woodley stayed on his and eventually transitioned to the choke and finished the fight. Till is expected to move up to middleweight following this loss.