Top of the food chain UFC prospect Darren Till exploded on the scene a few months ago with a dominating victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. He easily dispatched Cowboy and in turn became a fan favorite and many fans and media included have hailed him as the next big thing in the sport. Little did people known, Cowboy took that fight on short notice and didn’t even know who he was fighting. Cowboy was coming off 7 straight wars and getting knocked out viciously twice in the same fight with Jorge Masvidal. Reddit MMA fans have dug up footage from his previous UFC fights which seem to show an entire different story about Till’s actual skillset and fans have already started backtracking on his potential. This is from the 3rd round with Nicolas Dalby in which he lost the round 10-8 and most fans and media believed he lost the fight but it was scored a draw by the judges. Till went on to win 2 more questionable decisions in the UFC before destroying Cowboy Cerrone.
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Darren “The Gorilla” Till (born 24 December 1992) is an English mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Till was born in Liverpool, England. He began training in Muay Thai at the age of 12 and turned professional at the age of 15. Till transited to train in MMA under Team Kaobon at the age of 17. 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. It was a near death experience as the knife cut deep into his body, missing his main artery by an inch. After the incident his coach at that time advised him to go to Brazil to train, as living in Liverpool caused too much distraction in his life. He took this piece of advice and moved to Brazil to pursue his MMA career and to teach Muay Thai. His initial plan was to stay in Brazil for just six months but he ended up staying for three and a half years.
Till spent much of his early MMA career in Santa Catarina, Brazil where he was part of Astra Fight Team. He compiled an amateur record of 3-0 before turning professional, and had a total of 11 fights in Brazil and one fight in Argentina. Till fought eight times in 2013 alone, and his record was 12-0-0 with seven TKO/KOs before joining UFC. Till faced Brazilian Wendell de Oliveira Marques in his UFC debut on nine days notice at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves on 30 May 2015. Oliveira managed control most of the round one by pinning Till to the fence, kneeing in the abdomen and the upper inner thighs. In round two, Till successfully completed an early shoot and took Oliveira down, ending up on top where he rained down elbows. He knocked out Oliveira and secured his first UFC win.
Till next faced Nicolas Dalby on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka. After a back and forth fight, the bout was scored a majority draw. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night. After a significant shoulder injury and various personal issues kept him out of action for an extended period of time, Till returned to face Jessin Ayari on 28 May 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira. He missed the non-title welterweight limit of 171 pounds by 5 pounds, and had to give 20 percent of his fight earnings to his opponent.