‘You Doubters You Got a Special Place in My Heart’- Darren Till on MMA Fans and Critics

Published 09/02/2021, 5:46 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Darren Till of England prepares to fight Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


‘The Gorilla’ Darren Till has not had the best possible start to his stint in the middleweight division of the UFC. Following two back-to-back losses against the likes of Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal, ‘The Gorilla’ moved up a weight class to 185-pounds. His debut fight at middleweight was a win over Kelvin Gastelum. This was followed by a unanimous decision loss against Robert Whittaker in July 2020. Till has not competed since then. 

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In the pre-fight press conference, Till had a message for all of his doubters who do not think he can succeed at 185-pounds.

He said, “Yeah, listen, it’s very important. But I take all the pressure of my shoulder. Listen, I am fighting the best out there and anything can happen. I know I am going in there Saturday night and I know 100% I am going to win this fight. I know that for a fact. But things can happen, and listen, all these people who have jumped on the train, mostly the people who have jumped off the train as I like to call them the doubters, they’ve have a special place in my heart.”

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The Gorilla’ continued, “You know when I am on like the treadmill and in the institute and it’s like I am running out me little shoes. And it is getting to like the 45th minute, and I’m thinking you can stop this 5 minutes before. And I am like not a chance. I am going to the 50-minute run that I set out to do….So you doubters, you got a special place in my heart.”

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What would a win against Derek Brunson mean for Darren Till?

Darren Till, currently ranked 7th in the UFC’s middleweight division, will take on the fifth-ranked Derek Brunson, who is on an impressive four-fight win streak at the moment.

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The champion, Israel Adesanya, has expressed interest in fighting Darren Till multiple times. A win against Brunson will put Till in pole position for a title shot. However, it will be easier said than done given Brunson has looked extremely impressive in his last four fights. Likewise, Till’s comments show how pumped he is for this fight. Hence, fans are in for a treat.

What do you make of the fight between Darren Till and Derek Brunson? Who do you think takes the win? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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