Darren Till

The Gorilla

United Kingdom

Facing Jack Hermansson
April 30, 2022
Till will take on Jack Hermansson in London on July 23, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The pair have been matched against each other before, but their scheduled December 2020 fight fell through due to an injury for Till. Neither fighter has had much luck lately, as Till has won just one of his last five fights while Hermansson has won just two of his last five.
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Extends UFC contract
March 1, 2022
Till (face/knee) said Tuesday that he has agreed to a new contract with the UFC, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
Till (18-4-1) didn't disclose the length or terms of his deal, but the acknowledged he was grateful for the promotion's continued investment in his career, despite him losing in four of his last five bouts. Following his Sept. 4 loss to Derek Brunson on Sept. 4, the 29-year-old was handed a six-month medical suspension for facial injuries sustained in the fight, and Till's coach, Colin Heron, relayed that his client also tore his ACL prior to the bout. Till, who has since resumed training in Stockholm alongside Khamzat Chimaev, is without a clear timeline for making his return to the Octagon.
Eyeing summer return
February 15, 2022
Till (face) said Saturday in an interview with Freak MMA that he's hopeful to return to the Octagon this summer, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports. "I need to get my body healthy and my mind healthy before I think about fighting again, so I want to make sure I'm 100 percent next time I fight, like body and mind. So I'm definitely going to fight this year like two or three times, but I don't know when...it'll be after that, probably in the summer."
Till is still recovering from the facial injuries he sustained in his Sept. 4 loss to Derek Brunson in Las Vegas, in addition to the torn ACL he suffered while training 10 weeks prior to the fight. The 29-year-old, who has now lost four of his last five bouts, said he was offered to fight Sean Strickland in November, but the matchup never came to fruition while Till opted to focus on rehabbing. Till revealed in his interview that he would still welcome a matchup with Strickland at some point this summer or later in 2022.
Suffers face injury
September 8, 2021
Till is facing a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, pending further evaluation for potential facial injuries, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Till fell to Derek Brunson via submission last Saturday. He will need clearance from a doctor to be able to fight again before March after receiving a facing CT scan. Interestingly enough, the report didn't mention any potential knee injury, which was a big story this week after Till's coach told Brett Okamoto of ESPN that the 28-year-old sustained a torn ACL just nine weeks prior to the fight. Till elected to put off surgery and attempt to fight anyway, which can at least partially explain the poor showing. If there is any truth to these reports, an inevitable knee surgery would presumably sideline Till longer than any medical suspension.
Not competitive in main event
September 4, 2021
Till lost to Derek Brunson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
This was essentially a must-win for Till, and not only did he not get the victory, he was dominated the entire way in defeat. Entering as a baffling -150 favorite, Till appeared out of sorts and overwhelmed from the very start. He was blitzed by Brunson in Round 1, likely finding himself on the short end of a 10-8 score. It was a little better for Till in Round 2, but just barely. Midway through Round 3, he gave up his back and was choked out by an opponent who entered the night with just three submission victories in his career. Roughly three years ago, Till took a unanimous decision from Stephen Thompson and fought Tyron Woodley for the UFC Middleweight Championship about three months later. He lost that fight, and has lost three of four since. The defeats have all come against top-flight competition, but it's impossible to defend a 1-4 mark in Till's past five bouts. Time is theoretically on Till's side considering he won't turn 29 years of age until Christmas Eve, but it remains to be seen how and when the UFC wants to run him out there again after this latest loss.
Date pushed back again
July 29, 2021
Till is now tentatively scheduled to face Derek Brunson in a middleweight matchup at UFC 266 on September 4, MMAFighting.com reports.
This was a fight that at one point was scheduled for April and later pushed back to mid-August, only to be pushed back once again. The UFC hopes to hold September's pay-per-view event overseas in London, though that is looking less likely by the day. Most recently, sportsbooks had listed Till as approximately a (-135) betting favorite for this matchup between top contenders at 185 pounds.