Darren Till is a former Muay Thai kickboxer and professional MMA fighter from England. He currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division and was a former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger.
Till was born and raised in Liverpool, England, where he was frequently involved in fights. He began Muay Thai training at the age of 12, and after dropping out of school at the age of 14 to focus on the sport, he turned professional a year later and began MMA training with Team Kaobon at the age of 17.
Till was stabbed twice in the back in August 2012 after confronting a large group of men at a party. Doctors said he was lucky to be alive because the knife missed his main artery by a millimetre. Following the incident, Till’s coach Colin Heron advised him to relocate to Brazil to train with a former Team Kaobon coach in order to avoid problems in his hometown.
Despite his inability to speak Portuguese and his lack of grappling knowledge, he joined Astra Fight Team in Balneário Cambori. Till intended to spend six months in South America, but stayed for three and a half years and had a daughter with his Brazilian girlfriend. Till returned to England in late 2016 to rejoin Heron at Team Kaobon.
Till spent the majority of his early MMA career in Brazil, training with Astra Fight Team. He was 3–0 as an amateur in England before relocating to South America, where he turned professional in February 2013. Till had 11 fights in Brazil and one in Argentina before joining the UFC, with only two of them ending in a decision. He fought eight times as a middleweight in 2013 before switching to welterweight in late 2014.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Till made his UFC debut against Brazilian Wendell de Oliveira Marques on May 30, 2015, with only nine days’ notice at UFC Fight Night 67. He knocked out Oliveira to earn his first UFC victory.
Darren Till vs Jessin Ayari
Till returned to the octagon on May 28, 2017, to face Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 109, after missing time due to a significant shoulder injury and personal issues.
He was 5 pounds short of the non-title Welterweight limit of 171 pounds and was forced to pay his opponent 20% of his fight earnings. Despite the difficult journey to the fight, Till defeated Ayari on the scorecards to win a unanimous decision.
Darren Till vs Donald Cerrone
Till fought Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 on October 21, 2017. He won the fight via first-round TKO. This dominant victory earned him the bonus award for Performance of the Night.
Darren Till vs Stephen Thompson
On May 27, 2018, Till faced former UFC Welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130. Till weighed in at 174.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds more than the Welterweight non-title fight limit of 171.
After negotiating with Thompson’s team, the fight was set to take place at a catchweight with the stipulation that Till not weigh more than 188 pounds on the day of the fight. He had to give Thompson a third of his winnings. Till was victorious in a close fight by unanimous decision.
Darren Till vs Tyron Woodley
Till was given the opportunity to face Tyron Woodley for the UFC Welterweight championship at UFC 228 on September 8, 2018. After being dropped by the champion, he lost the fight via d’arce choke in the second round. Till suffered his first defeat in his MMA career.
Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal
Despite speculation about a possible move to Middleweight, Till remained at Welterweight and faced Jorge Masvidal on March 16, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 147. Till was knocked out in the second round of the fight. Both contestants received a Fight of the Night bonus award.
Darren Till vs Robert Whittaker
Till faced off against Robert Whittaker on July 26, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till. Till was defeated by Whittaker via unanimous decision, but many praised his performance against a former titleholder.
Darren Till vs Jack Hermansson
Till was set to face Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN 19 on December 5, 2020. However, on November 6, it was announced that Till had been forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injury. Kevin Holland took his place, who was later replaced by Marvin Vettori.
Till was set to face Marvin Vettori at UFC on ABC 2 on April 10, 2021. Till was forced to withdraw from the fight a week before the fight due to a broken collarbone, and he was replaced by Kevin Holland.
Till is the father of three daughters. As a birthday present, he has a tattoo of his child’s mother on his left arm. He also has a tattoo of his sister Caitlin’s name on the right side of his neck.
Till was stabbed in the back and left with two scars after a fight with “multiple bouncers and patrons” at a club during a party in August 2012. Till’s coach advised him to move to Brazil to continue his training after determining that life in Liverpool was detrimental to his development. Despite initial plans for a six-month stay, he ended up staying in South America for three and a half years. He speaks Portuguese very well.
Till was arrested on 18 April 2019 in Tenerife, Canary Islands, for trashing a hotel room after being asked to leave, as well as stealing a taxi cab while the driver was loading Till’s luggage into the trunk. Till and four other individuals were sentenced and fined approximately £10,000 for a crime of damage and unauthorised use of a vehicle.
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