Daniel Cormier Gives His Take on Darren Till Fighting Derek Brunson At UFC August 14 Event

Published 05/18/2021, 10:32 AM EDT
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 02: Darren Till of England celebrates victory against Bojan Velickovic of Serbia after their Welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at Ahoy on September 2, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


UFC middleweights Darren Till and Derek Brunson are stacking up to face each other for the headlining event at UFC Fight Night on August 14 of this year. Till was last scheduled for UFC Vegas 23 headliner but was replaced because of a collarbone injury prior to the fight.

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In the latest episode of DC and Helwani’s show, both of them discussed the matchup and Till’s return from injury. Helwani looked surprised by the fact that Till was returning so soon from his collarbone injury. However, Cormier was not so astonished.

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‘DC’ said, “I broke my collarbone when I was younger and it healed fast. It didn’t take long as you would think. Maybe six weeks, six weeks to heal collar bone.”

Cormier believed Till will have enough time to recover. He said, “April-May he will be out. June-July training camp. Start slow in June, pick it up really heavy in July… keep himself going and be ready for his fight.”

He further said it’s a great opportunity for Till as he is fighting the number 5 guy (Brunson) in the division. ” He’s also fighting a guy who has a lot of momentum.

“And Darren lost his last fight, so him having this type of opportunity, (if) he wins this fight, he puts himself right back in a position of chance for the championship,” he added.

He further said that it won’t be easy for Till, as Brunson is full of confidence and training well in his new training camp.

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The recent record of Darren Till and Derek Brunson

Till (18-3) has had little action since his move to middleweight from welterweight. He has lately been sidelined because of injuries that forced him out of 2 matches on the trot.

He has won once in his last 4 matches. His last match was against Robert Whittaker almost a year ago when he lost via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 14 in July 2020.

Prior to this, he fought Kelvin Gastelum prior to that at UFC 244: Masvidal vs Diaz in 2019. He won that match via a split decision.

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Brunson (22-7), on the contrary, has lately been dominating the roster by picking 4 wins on the trot. His last two wins have come against Kevin Holland and Edmen Shahbazyan, respectively.

 

Both the fighters will be eyeing an opportunity for the title, especially Brunson. Till meanwhile will look to shred aside tough losses and injuries to get back into the right path.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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