Darren Till Says Underestimating Masvidal is the Biggest Mistake of His Life

Published 07/24/2020, 8:33 AM EDT


Darren Till will face Robert Whittaker in the concluding event of Fight Island on July 25. If he wins, he earns himself a possible middleweight title shot against Israel Adesanya. The contest has already garnered mixed predictions from the fight veterans. Yet, Till has appeared confident about vanquishing his Australian opponent.

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The Brit has revealed that he had undergone a proper training session for the fight. Till will be heading into this fight with a more serious mindset, as he has faced the consequences of demeaning his opponents in the past.

Robert Whittaker has been a UFC champion and is a true pioneer of the middleweight unit. Although his last performance ended in a devastating KO loss against Adesanya, ‘The Reaper’ can still crack heads inside the cage.

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Meanwhile, Till, 18-2-1 in MMA, faced two back-to-back losses against Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal in recent history. These were only two losses of his respective MMA career. Since those losses have seemingly garnered a lot of criticism,  Till doesn’t want to repeat those flaws. Speaking with Mac Life Official, Till revealed the biggest mistake he has ever made, and it surprised a bunch of his fans.

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According to Till, underestimating Jorge Masvidal was the biggest mistake of his life. Although the Brit has moved back to the win column after two shocking defeats, the loss against Masvidal seemingly still haunts him.

Masvidal and Till met each other inside the octagon at UFC Fight Night in March 2019 in London. The welterweight thriller was filled with fireworks as Till started to dominate his American rival from the very beginning. It seemed as if ‘The Gorilla’ was having an upper hand over ‘Gamebred’. However, Masvidal bounced back in the second round to knockout Till in a horrific fashion.

Not only it was a sensational knockout, but it also returned to Jorge Masvidal his UFC glory. Masvidal won two back-to-back fights against Ben Askren and Nate Diaz in the same year. The one against Ben Askren became the fastest knockouts in UFC history in his favor. Not to forget, ‘Gamebred’ welcomed 2020 as one of the biggest superstars of UFC.

Further along, it was a humiliating defeat for Till in front of his home crowd at London. The loss tasted even more sour as it was his second consecutive UFC loss.

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However, the Brit overcame the losses by winning a middleweight bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244. Now, with an impressive win over Gastelum, Till appears ready for his next 185 lbs matchup against former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night ‘Whittaker vs Till’ on July 25.

Is it a  title shot next for Till?

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Till already had an unsuccessful attempt at the welterweight gold against Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. However, he might get a shot at the middleweight strap with an immediate victory over Robert Whittaker. Although it is not yet confirmed officially, UFC fans have already vowed their favor towards Till bagging a fight against the undefeated champion Adesanya.

‘The Gorilla’ also mentioned that he would love to fight Israel Adesanya in Anfield, England. Till has showcased his interest in materializing a fight at Liverpool several times in the past. He displayed a similar mindset this time. However, with the all the medical crises going out, it’s hard to predict and finalize a venue for the sports promotions.

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Source: Mac Life Official

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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