‘I’ve Put My Heart and Soul’- Darren Till Distraught After UFC Fight Night Withdrawal

Published 03/31/2021, 1:45 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)


The UFC’s sophomore appearance on the ABC network has taken a hit as the main event for the card is scrapped. UFC middleweight Darren Till has been forced to withdraw from his booking with Marvin Vettori set for April 10. Chiefly, this comes in as his second straight withdrawal from a fight due to injury, the first being against Jack Hermansson in December.

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‘The Gorilla’ took to social media and released a statement following his withdrawal and apologized to Vettori. A collarbone injury during training is the main reason why Till will have to sit this one out. Till’s extended overview of the situation was reflective, to say the least as he experienced a feeling of deja vu.

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Additionally, Marvin Vettori also came out and shared his views on the breaking news that Darren Till had withdrawn. ‘The Italian Dream’ is chomping at the bit to actualize his opportunity to fight a top-ranked middleweight in the main event. Vettori is coming off a dominant decision win over Jack Hermansson as Till’s replacement for his previous fight cancelations.

UFC on ABC 2: Where does the organization go from here?

The leading MMA organization will be in scramble mode in order to put together a match-up that makes sense going forward. UFC middleweight Kevin Holland has reportedly already put his name in the hat to fight Vettori. As it stands, the UFC is yet to come out and make the fight official.

However, this hasn’t stopped both Vettori and Holland from having a brief social media exchange on the matter. Holland is no stranger to picking up a fight on short notice, and his track record is rather exemplary in doing so. In fact, ‘The Trailblazer’ rose to prominence in 2020 by being the UFC’s go-to man for short-notice match-ups.

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Holland is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Derek Brunson. The UFC Vegas 22 defeat left plenty to be desired and snapped his five-fight unbeaten streak. For ‘Trailblazer’, pulling out a show-stopping performance against a surging contender like Vettori is exactly what he needs to get back on track.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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