Darren Till has struggled to make weight at welterweight division before and there have been long talks about him moving up to middleweight division.
At the beginning of his career, he’s had an incredible run in the UFC having beaten the likes of Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thomson. He was dubbed as the next British UFC superstar after Michael Bisping retired. But it all crashing down when he got the opportunity to fight Tyron Woodley for the title. He ended up losing the fight via submission in round 2. He then fought Jorge Masvidal earlier this year in UFC London and he was brutally knocked out in the second round.
Now, the Liverpudlian is taking some time off his training and planning his next move. The talks of Till moving up to middleweight division is not new. It arose when he missed weight in his fight against Thompson. But according to his coach Colin Heron who gave an interview to ESPN said that Till can still make 170lbs if he stopped eating ‘s–t’ outside of training camp.
“The obvious answer is, ‘He has a tough weight cut and needs to go up,’ correct?’” Heron said. “What people don’t see is the lifestyle between fights. It’s hard for me to make correct decisions until I see a fighter, especially Darren, walking around lean between fights.
“Here’s the problem with Darren Till, and it’s no secret: He eats s**t. As disciplined as he is in the gym, between fights, he will eat the most amount of s**t you’ve ever seen in your life. The fact of the matter is he will probably be a middleweight, but whether it’s now or later, I don’t know. My only concern is he goes up to middle(weight), and that will give him the license to eat more. Then we end up with just as big of a cut, but with bigger consequences in the actual fight. So, I would like to get him lean and then make a decision.”
If Darren Till does move up to middleweight division, who would you like to see him fight next?