Entering UFC London, Till Admits He ‘Looked Past’ Woodley
Darren Till will try to rebound for his first professional loss this weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 5 from inside The O2 Arena in London, England, when he takes on veteran welterweight Jorge Masvidal in the main event.
Remember, Till was submitted at UFC 228 this past September by then welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. It was the first loss of Till’s impressive MMA career, which included a 5-0 (1 NC) start to his UFC tenure.
Entering his weekend scrap with Masvidal on home soil, Till spent some time detailing his loss to “Chosen One” and what he took from his first defeat inside of the cage.
“There are little tiny mistakes I can take from that,” Till told reporters earlier this week (h/t MMA Fighting). “In the fight — I’ve always been a calm, relaxed fighter— but maybe I was too relaxed, too confident in myself in there. I looked past Woodley and I shouldn’t have. He’s one of the greatest of all time. In the changing rooms I wasn’t really warming up, I was just sort of sitting there waiting to go and take my belt. You should be on edge. I wasn’t on edge. I was just like… [shrugs].”
Woodley, who ended up losing his welterweight strap to Kamaru Usman earlier this month at UFC 235, shut down “Gorilla” from the opening bell. In fact, Till landed just one significant strike in the first five minutes of action before getting submitted in the second.
Luckily for Till fans scattered throughout the U.K. and all over the world, the 26-year-old is more focused than ever to get back into the cage and back to his winning ways.
“My hearts pumping right now because I think Jorge is in the room,” said Till. “It’s a fight. Fighting’s a fearful business. Obviously I’m terrified. Nerves, butterflies, happiness… All them emotions are running through every fighter in this room right now. They might not say it, but I’ll say it.”
If Till is able to defeat Masvidal this weekend in London it will likely position him for a high-profile showdown with undefeated contender Ben Askren, especially after the two mixed it up during a Q&A earlier today.
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