Between Rounds: Darren Till
Darren “The Gorilla” Till is an English mixed martial artist fighting out of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. Till began training in Muay Thai at the age of 12 and holds a purple belt in Luta Livre under coaches coaches Colin Heron and Marcelo Brigadiero. Till spent much of his early MMA career in Santa Catarina, Brazil where he was part of “Astra Fight Team”.
Standing 6′ tall and weighing in at 185 pounds Till is the number 3 ranked Welterweight in the world. Holding a professional record of 17-1-1 Till suffered his only loss to former UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley via D’Arce Choke in the second round. After Kamaru Usman beat the breaks off of Woodley to win the title Colby Covington stands to get the next title opportunity but Till is waiting in the wings. Saturday night “The Gorilla” enters the cage to face MMA veteran Jorge Masvidal (32-13) ranked number 11 in the division.
Till was involved in a fight at a party in August 2012 and was stabbed twice in the back, after confronting a large group of men. The stabbing was a near death experience as Till’s artery came but a millimeter from being cut in two. After the incident Till moved to Brazil to train with Brigadiero and to keep him away from Liverpool’s distractions. Till ended up staying for three and a half years. Prior to joining the UFC, Till held a pro record of 12-0 with seven KO/TKO wins.
Facing some of the biggest and best welterweights in the UFC Darren has rocketed to the top of the stacked division. Wins over contenders like Wendell Oliveira, Jessin Ayari and Bojan Velickovic set the stage for Till to fight in the spotlight. Till’s first round knockout of fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and a Unanimous decision over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson shocked the MMA world and put “The Gorilla” into title contention.
UFC Fight Night 147: Till vs. Masvidal is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on March 16, 2019 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Darren “The Gorilla” Till walks into the main event knowing a win solidifies his standing but a loss plummets him down the rankings. Expect “The Gorilla” to be animalistic and look to tear Masvidal apart to make a statement to everyone in the division.
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