When former UFC welterweight title challenger Darren Till was rising up the ranks in the UFC, he was a very dominating fighter. He cruised through the likes of Donald Cerrone to get a shot at the welterweight title fight against Tyron Woodley.
However, in his fight against Woodley at UFC 228 last September, he got brutally manhandled by ‘The Chosen One’ and was submitted in the second round. He then returned to the Octagon earlier this year in UFC Fight Night 147 against Jorge Masvidal which took place in London, he was again finished in the second round and this time via knockout.
Many believed that the 26-year old Liverpudlian would be the guy to represent British MMA at the top level, but now UFC president Dana White admitted that the promotion may have pushed Till a little bit too early.
“I think Till went back to the drawing board,” White said in an interview with ESPN. “He’s a young guy. After the win over (Donald Cerrone), we may have pushed him too soon. It happens sometimes when a guy gets that much steam behind him. Pump the breaks a little here. Let him get back and work on the things he needs to work on. He’s going to be around.”
“You come in and beat a guy like ‘Cowboy,’ and boom, you immediately get bounced right up into the middle of the rankings,” White said. “(For) some people it’s the perfect time and (for) some people (it’s) a little soon. That weight division is nasty. It’s like murderers row in that top eight.”
White also said that it’s unclear as to when Till will be back into the Octagon.
“We’ll give him some time, look for a next opponent, and see what’s next for him,” White said.
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