“I Ain’t No Kevin Holland”- Darren Till Warns Derek Brunson That He’s a ‘Different Animal’

Published 09/04/2021, 11:17 AM EDT
Jorge Masvidal knocks out home favourite Darren Till in the second round at UFC Fight Night 147 at the London O2 Arena, Greenwich on Saturday 16th March 2019. (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Darren Till is set to take on Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till this weekend. Brunson is currently on a 4-fight winning streak. Till, on the other hand, is on the hunt for his second win in the middleweight division after dropping a razor-close decision in his last fight against Robert Whittaker.

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Yeah, I think he is class. I mean, I know he was out here saying I dm him every day and that’s what I do, I keep it interesting and one day I’m wishing his family well and the next day I’m just talking sh*t to him. I just keep it interesting. I’ve got nothing towards him,” said Till about his assessment of his opponent ahead of his return.

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He’s been doing a job more than me, he’s been beating these guys. But, I keep saying, this is not disrespecting anyone, but I ain’t no Kevin Holland, I ain’t no Shahbazyan. I am a different animal coming in there. I’ve got fight IQ, I am getting more ferocious with each and it seems like he is getting better with age,” Till added further.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Darren Till of England reacts after the conclusion of his middleweight fight against Robert Whittaker of New Zealand 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)

Brunson has earned two back-to-back wins against top prospects of the middleweight division like Kevin Holland and Edmen Shahbazyan. However, as a former title challenger, albeit in a different division, ‘The Gorilla’ believes he will provide Brunson a sterner challenge.

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Darren Till is a man on a mission

Since his UFC debut, the Liverpool native has been tipped to win the UFC gold at some point in time. Losses to then-champion Tyron Woodley and contender Jorge Masvidal ended his tenure at 170 lbs.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Kelvin Gastelum takes down Darren Till of England in their middleweight bout during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Despite these setbacks, ‘The Gorilla‘ seems determined to prove why he is touted as one of the best in the world. A dominant showing against Brunson will once again showcase the immense potential he brings inside the Octagon.

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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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