VIDEO: When Darren Till Suffered a Devastating Knockout Loss to Jorge Masvidal in London

Published 08/30/2021, 10:27 AM EDT

Following a devastating loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 228, Englishman Darren Till vowed to make his way back to another title shot in short order.


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Fourth months after recovering and dealing with his first professional loss, Till agreed to a bout with Miami native Jorge Masvidal, which would take place in London on the 16th of March 2019.

Having already lost his undefeated status, fans believed Darren Till would jump right back on track. His opponent, Jorge Masvidal, was coming off a loss to Stephen ‘Wonderboy Thompson against whom Till already had already secured a unanimous decision win.


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Nevertheless, Masvidal was more than happy to have the chance to compete in his opponent’s backyard. Both fighters were very respectful of each other in the build-up and promised the fans a great fight.

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Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal

The fight came off to an unusual start, with Masvidal landing a groin kick, for which he apologized. Till took a short breather, only to come out guns blazing, and landed a vicious left hand that sent Masvidal crashing to the canvas.

A rattled Masvidal then quickly scrambled back up to his feet, with Till walking him down once again. Masvidal seemed to have recovered from the knockdown and began landing his strikes, mixing it up with body kicks and punches. However, the visibly bigger Till controlled most of the action in the first round.

In the second round, Masvidal was the more active striker. He constantly used an effective blitz to land a combination of punches on the Englishman. Regardless, the southpaw kept stalking Masvidal the entire time, hoping to line him up for another left hand.

Soon enough, Masvidal was able to level change and get a single leg takedown against Till, although he wasn’t able to keep him down. Till kept pressuring Masvidal against the cage, who now had Till’s timing and began landing several counter shots.

As Darren Till took a step back to reset, Masvidal, using a switch stance, landed a clean leaping left hook on ‘The Gorilla’s jaw, knocking him out cold. Masvidal then followed up the lethal combination with a few punches before the referee pulled him off.

This fight against Masvidal would be Till’s last fight at welterweight, as the 27-year-old then chose to move up to middleweight to avoid the harrowing weight cut.

Can ‘The Gorilla’ become the middleweight champion?

Ever since moving up to middleweight, Darren Till has a record of 1-1. This includes a split decision victory against Kelvin Gastelum, followed by a loss to former champion Robert Whittaker.

The Liverpudlian seems much stronger and healthier at this weight and is now getting ready to face no.5 middleweight Derek Brunson in a UFC Fight Night event on 4th September.

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)

If ‘The Gorilla’ emerges victorious against the veteran come Fight Night, he will surely find himself in the conversation for a title shot. Or perhaps the winner of Till vs Brunson could fight Jared Cannonier for a shot against the reigning champion, Israel Adesanya.


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Darren Till certainly has the tools to become a champion. However, to compete with the best in the division, Till will have to become a more dynamic threat in the octagon.

What do you think? Will Darren Till become the middleweight champion? Let us know in the comments.


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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.