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Khamzat Chimaev’s Smesh Bro Darren Till Believes Islam Makhachev Is the Best Grappler in UFC

Published 06/21/2022, 10:45 AM EDT

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The UFC middleweight contender Darren Till is one of the most loved fighters by the fans. Till has been on the UFC roster for over 7 years now and has seen some very talented fighters during his MMA career. He also spars and trains with Khamzat Chimaev, one of the deadliest wrestlers in the UFC.

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However, he does not back his fellow ‘Smesh Bro’ as the best grappler that he’s ever seen. In fact, Darren Till believes that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege, Islam Makhachev, is one of the best and most skilled grapplers in the promotion.


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In a video that has gone viral online, Darren Till said, “Islam Makhachev, oh my god. Islam is possibly the best grappler, one of the best grapplers I have ever seen. Like, oh my God, that pressure on top. He doesn’t really punch you, just the pressure you see while he does with his shoulder and hips and like transferring his weight. Honest to God, phenomenal.”

During his journey in the UFC, Darren Till has taken on Tyron Woodley, who was an NCAA Division I wrestler and has also won the Big 12 Conference championship twice. He still praised Makhachev and his elite wrestling skills in the octagon.

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Makhachev is now a top contender for the lightweight championship belt and is pushing to land a fight against Charles Oliveira. Many believe that Makhachev is the only fighter that can put an end to Charles Oliveira’s seemingly unstoppable winning streak.

When will we see Darren Till back in the octagon?

The English fighter has not found much luck in his recent octagon appearances. Out of the last five bouts, he was a part of, ‘The Gorilla’ has won only once and lost the other four. His most recent loss was to Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 36 last year.


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The fellow ‘Smesh bro’ will now make his comeback in his home country this year, as he will take on middleweight contender, Jack Hermansson, at UFC Fight Night 208 in London. The fight will be the co-main event of the stacked card, which also features Tom Aspinall, Paddy Pimblett, and Curtis Blaydes.


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Written by:

Pranit Punjabi


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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.
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Paras Pande