Khamzat Chimaev Proposes a Solution to Get Darren Till Back to the Top of the Middleweight Division

Published 09/08/2021, 12:12 AM EDT


Darren Till succumbed to his second straight loss in the UFC last week at UFC Vegas 36. This meant that ‘The Gorilla’ is now 1-4 in his last five fights. Not a good record for someone who is aiming to fight for UFC gold sooner rather than later. 

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Following the loss, a few fighters publicly showed their support for Till and offered to help him out with his wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu as well. Charles Oliveira, and most recently Khamzat Chimaev, being the latest name added to that list. ‘Borz’ tweeted out, “@darrentill2 Come to Sweden I will help you with wrestling.”

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Till and Chimaev have gone back and forth a few times on social media, trolling each other. The two men also took part in an Instagram live together a few months back. As Chimaev has built a reputation for being an excellent wrestler during his time with the UFC, ‘Borz’ can definitely give a few pointers to ‘The Gorilla’ before his next fight. 

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Darren Till is one of the best strikers, not just in his weight class, but in the UFC. He has proved that time and time again. However, he lacks majorly in other aspects of his mixed martial arts game. This is something that Derek Brunson exposed during their fight at UFC Vegas 36. 

Brunson landed 3 of 6 attempted takedowns and was successful in piling on the damage while Till was on the ground. Furthermore, towards the end of round three, Brunson was able to secure a rear-naked choke after Till gave up his back.

 

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‘The Gorilla’ has significant improvements to make if he wants to compete for the UFC title once again. He will have to work extensively on his wrestling and takedown defense, in particular, to keep the fight on the feet where he has the best chance to win. 

Following the loss, a good chunk of the fan base called for Till to switch his training camps and train at a gym that allowed for better training partners to offer different looks. Given the relationship Till has with his long-time coach, a change in camps for ‘The Gorilla’ seems unlikely.

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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