‘I Have Made the Decision to Go Back to Welterweight’ – Darren Till

Published 12/02/2020, 9:00 AM EST


The most renowned and wittiest fighter in the UFC, Darren Till, has announced a move to his ex-prime division, i.e. welterweight. Till posted an old video of him on the weighing scales ahead of his bout against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

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On his official Instagram handle, he wrote, “With careful thought I have made the decision to go back to Welterweight…” 

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‘The Gorilla’ began his welterweight run in the UFC in 2015. He traumatized his opponent, Wendell Olivera with nasty elbows, and won the fight via T/KO. He made his way to the top of welterweights by beating the likes of Jessin Ayari, Bojan Velickovic, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson straight in a row. In the process, he earned a title shot.

Many fans believed the southpaw would knock out the then champion Tyron Woodley; but, the ‘Gorilla’ lost the fight.

After his title fight defeat, ‘Gamebred’ Jorge Masvidal challenged Till wherein the ‘Gorilla’ was put to sleep in round number 2. Right after his loss, Till leveled up at 185 pounds and fought at the highly competitive middleweight division.

Can Darren Till cement himself as the best Welterweight this time?

Fans lauded Till for his move to middleweight as they felt it was nearer his natural weight. They felt that ‘The Gorilla’ would boost his win-loss record. He took a menacing challenger, Kelvin Gastelum, in his very first middleweight fight, and to everyone’s surprise, the ‘Gorilla’ stood well in that fight. He claimed the win via a split decision.

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Later on, Till had to get past the former middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, in order to be in line for a title shot. But, he fell short in this fight on Fight Island.

At present, Till is ranked #6 in the middleweight division. He was supposed to take on Jack Hermansson on December 5, but an injury ruled him out of the contest. Now, it remains to be seen if he returns at 185-pounds or drops to 170. He did have a fair amount of success at welterweight.

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What do you think is Darren Till’s best weight class? Where should he fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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