Darren Till has been on a rocky road in his UFC journey. While wins over Wonderboy and Donald Cerrone catapulted Till to the peak of popularity, his last two losses made him irrelevant in the welterweight title picture.
Darren Till lost to Woodley in an attempt to capture the welterweight gold and then lost to Jorge Masvidal in a devastating manner. Since then Till has been out of the radar until it was announced that Till will move up to middleweight to fight former no 1 title contender, Kelvin Gastelum. Till moving up a division is the right move considering he had a hard time cutting weight for welterweight fights. However, the match up against Kelvin Gastelum is terrible.
We have seen many fighters before moving up a division and not being successful in teir debut. Luke Rockhold comes to mind who recently lost in his light heavyweight debut. Kelvin Lee also lost his welterweight debut against Rafael Dos Anjos. And the biggest advantage Till has in welterweight division was his size and power.He was clearly bigger than all other fighters in that division which won’t be the case in the middleweight where fighters such as Yoel Rmero, Paulo Costa throw strikes with bad intentions and brute force.
In a recent interview, the UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker shared his thoughts on Darren Till’s middle weight debut and said:
“I always thought he(Till) would move up eventually. He is a big guy. I guess we gonna have to see how he comes back after his last loss. It was a pretty bad knockout. He is no longer gonna be the biggest guy in the division. And Kelvin is good.”
Kelvin Gastelum is a highly skilled wrestler and can strike with the best strikers in the division as well. His last fight against Israel Adesanya is arguably the best fight of 2019 so far. And Till is not so strong on the ground. So it’s needless to say that Darren Till has a tough task in his hands.
Darren Till and Kelvin Gastelum are supposed to fight at the end of this year. And considering Till has lost his last two matches, the outcome of this match will highly impact Darren Till’s trajectory in UFC.