‘I Am Built for Fighting’- Darren Till Details Hard Times He Endured Through His Injuries

Published 08/29/2021, 8:13 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 return to action this weekend as ‘The Gorilla’ takes on Derek Brunson in an intriguing middleweight match-up. Till has been the subject of multiple canceled fights in recent times. He was booked to fight Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori. However, both fights had to be called off.

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Till’s fight with ‘The Italian Dream’ was canceled as the former broke his collarbone. This is a devastating injury for any fighter. Injuries in MMA and the UFC are nothing new. This can sometimes be potentially career-ending for fighters as well. So, needless to say, it was a horrific experience for Till as well.

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It was three or four months ago I broke my collarbone. I broke it. And a week later, I was back in the gym. I was determined and I was like I am not letting this get to me,” said Till about his injury.

I need to be fighting John. That’s what I am built for. I am a fighting man, I am a fighting machine. If you speak to anyone you’ll know that’s what I am about. And everyone know that I am funny or whatever but I am built for fighting,” he added.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Darren Till of England poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

And I mean it’s tough man. Injuries and when you get injured, it can be very disheartening. And I have seen a lot of people quit and lot of people retire because of it,” ‘The Gorilla’ concluded.

Can Darren Till secure a win against Derek Brunson?

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Till will face Brunson next weekend in an exciting clash. This is a very important fight in terms of the standpoint of the middleweight division as well.

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)

Either man can secure a potential title shot against middleweight kingpin Israel Adesanya with an impressive performance. Adesanya vs Till is a fight that many fans want to see due to their exceptional striking prowess. If ‘The Gorilla‘ can get the W, remains to be seen.

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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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