Darren Till Says There’s No Way Marvin Vettori Can Out-Strike Him After Failing to Do So Against Kevin Holland

Published 04/11/2021, 2:20 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)


Marvin Vettori beat Kevin Holland in the main event of UFC Fight Night Vettori vs Holland. Now, ‘The Italian Dream’ is on a five-fight winning streak after his last split decision loss against Israel Adesanya. One man who had his eye on proceedings was Darren Till.

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The Englishman wasn’t impressed by what he saw from ‘The Italian Dream’. After the event, Darren Till quickly took a shot at Vettori via Twitter.

He wrote, “As for marv… sorry ork. It wasn’t the prettiest win but a wins a win and it means so much to him you can see. That fight told me he knew he couldn’t strike with me so he was going to try take me down. Even if he were to succeed in takedowns he wouldn’t of been able to keep me.”

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‘The Gorilla’ was ruled out of the fight due to a collarbone injury that occurred during his training. Nevertheless, UFC marched forward with the event and took ‘Trailblazer’ up on his offer to step in at short notice.

Vettori took a leaf out of Derek Brunson’s book and dominated the bout. He took the fight to the ground with ease and landed a middleweight record 11 takedowns en route to a unanimous decision win.

Marvin Vettori could get a title shot before Darren Till

‘The Gorilla’ has been on the verge of a title shot for the UFC middleweight championship, but for that, he needs a win to his name. The middleweight champ Israel Adesanya has repeatedly said that he wants the former welterweight title challenger next.

As Till is a neat striker, ‘The Last Stylebender’ wants to test his skills inside the Octagon against him. This fight could only happen if the former beats his next opponent.

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‘The Italian Dream’ has defeated top-ranked fighters like Jack Hermansson and is on a lengthy winning streak. The aforementioned factors could see him jump the title contenders’ queue ahead of ‘The Gorilla’ who was among the frontrunners a few months back.

Till’s recovery time, and the result of next week’s Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum, will play a huge role in determining the future middleweight fights and the next challenger. The UFC will certainly factor in the previously booked fight, and Till’s tweet when matchmaking for the summer and the fall.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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