Darren Till Details Down Chess Match He Had With Robert Whittaker in Their Fight

Published 08/29/2021, 7:17 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)


UFC middleweight Darren Till is set to return to action next weekend against Derek Brunson. Till last fought Robert Whittaker last year and lost a razor-close decision. However, the striking battle between the duo was nothing short of phenomenal, and fans enjoyed every bit of it.

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Recently, Till sat down for an interview with ESPN MMA and described his fight with Whittaker as a chess match. ‘The Gorilla’ detailed how the fight unfolded and the tricks both men used to trap the other.

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I am trying to see what he does. I am trying to move a shoulder, move something and see,” said Till. “I am not looking at Robert Whittaker’s eyes, I am looking like there.

‘The Gorilla’ said, “And I am trying to see what these mechanisms do. So, I do something okay, right? I know every time I do that, he does this right. Next time I do that, something’s coming to catch him. I don’t waste shots. Sometimes if people watch the UFC, you’ll see a guy I swear to god and I love it. I have one of them.”

Darren Till says there is no point in wasting energy inside the Octagon

Till believes UFC fights are high tempo and it is silly on any fighter’s part to waste any sort of energy. So, he himself doesn’t throw unnecessary shots and waits to land the perfect one when needed.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (L-R) Darren Till of England punches 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)

You know any energy you waste in that Octagon John, under the bright blue lights, when you’re walking me, your energy is gone straight away. For five rounds, you need to be fit, you need to have energy. And there’s a guy throwing front kicks there for fun. You’re wasting energy, stop it,” Till explained further.

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His fight against Brunson is very important in terms of the standing of the middleweight division. With a good win, Till has the chance to leapfrog Whittaker to a title shot. If he can do the same remains to be seen.

What do you make of the Brit’s comments?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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