Robert Whittaker Lauds Darren Till for Bringing Out the Best in Him

Published 05/29/2021, 11:32 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: (L-R) Opponents Robert Whittaker of New Zealand and Darren Till of England face off 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)


Robert Whittaker is currently on a 3-fight winning streak since his UFC 243 loss to the current champion, Israel Adesanya. ‘The Reaper’ started off his winning streak with a decision victory over Darren Till in July 2020. It was a phenomenal fight. Whittaker managed to edge out a unanimous decision in a back-and-forth contest.

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Now, ‘Bobby Knuckles’ took to Twitter to congratulate ‘The Gorilla’ for being such a game opponent. Till certainly brought the best out of the former champion. The Aussie didn’t fail to point that out and thanked Till for that. “It’s moments like these that truely bring the best out of me. Cheers mate for this one @darrentill2 @ufc,” wrote Whittaker.

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Whittaker has since defeated the cream of the crop contenders like Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum. As for Till, he is yet to enter the Octagon since his first loss in the middleweight division.

A decision win over Kelvin Gastelum started his venture in the middleweight division in a positive way. However, a defeat to ‘The Reaper’ followed. But it’s injuries that have halted his progress since. Till had to pull out of two contests in recent times. A fight against Jack Hermansson in 2020 and another against Marvin Vettori recently had to be canceled as the Liverpool native injured himself.

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)

As for Whittaker, he is expected to take on the eventual winner of the title fight at UFC 263. The former champion has established himself as an eligible contender yet again. And one can’t argue his position as the next challenger.

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Both Whittaker and Till are close to title contention in the middleweight division of the UFC. So, either man can be the champion in the near future. And given the quality of their first fight, fans will love to see that one go down again.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (L-R) Robert Whittaker of New Zealand punches Darren Till of England 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)

But Till needs to get back on the horse and re-establish himself as a top contender in the division. The Englishman is out for almost a year. This is a big setback in his prime years as a fighter.

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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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