‘Darren Till is Ahead in the Rankings by Dropping Good Memes’ – Kevin Holland Mocks Darren Till

Published 04/08/2021, 12:34 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Kevin Holland prepares to fight Charlie Ontiveros in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC is known for the number of stars it unearths. There’s always a sense of wonderment when you watch a young fighter develop his skill and talent to become a superstar or even a champion. For many, Kevin Holland is the next big thing.

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He was on an incredible run after winning all five of his fights in 2020. This feat was so exceptional that he tied a record for the most wins in a calendar year. However, it all came crashing down when Derek Brunson showed the relatively young man a thing or two about wrestling.

Holland was dominated in the fight and, in a bizarre turn of events, started trash-talking Brunson instead of fighting back. However, he seems to have put that loss behind him as he faces Marvin Vettori this Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland.

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"@DarrenTill2 has got ahead of the rankings by dropping good memes and not even winning fights at 185!"@Trailblaze2Top doesn't think that the 'bromance' between @Stylebender and Till will stop the belt ending up around his waist.

Watch the full interview on YouTube.

— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 8, 2021

However, this wasn’t in the works as Vettori was originally going to face Darren Till, but Till pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Holland talked to UFC on BT Sport and mentioned that he and Till have an arrangement.

Me and Darren Till actually had a conversation about it. Darren Till can go up there. He can fight Israel Adesanya for the belt, smack Israel Adesanya for the belt, take the belt from him, and then like he said, me and him could fight for the belt,” Holland said.

Kevin Holland believes that business comes first

However, ‘Big Mouth’ didn’t stop there and talked about something that might have been on the minds of several middleweights. “Darren Till is ahead in the rankings by dropping good memes and not even winning fights at ’85,” he said.

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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)

Additionally, he said that he understood the need to make that fight and that he would have no issues with the fight if it generates a lot of money. “If there’s a fight that the people would want, there’s a fight that’s gotta pay a lot of money. I’m a businessman. Go ahead, do it,” he said.

Do you agree with Kevin Holland? Do you think Darren Till deserves a title shot at middleweight?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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