Till in 2019
|Born||24 December 1992|
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
|Other names||The Gorilla|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Middleweight (2013–2014, 2019–present)|
|Reach||74 1⁄2 in (189 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Liverpool, Merseyside, England|
|Team||Astra Fight Team (Brazil)|
Team Kaobon (England)
|Rank||Purple belt in Luta Livre Esportiva|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Darren Till (born 24 December 1992) is an English mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer, currently competing in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Till also competed in the Welterweight division, and once challenged for the UFC Welterweight Championship. As of May 19, he is #4 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
Till was born in Liverpool, England to parents who were both of Scottish descent. He began training in Muay Thai at the age of 12 and turned professional at the age of 15. Till made the decision to train in MMA under Team Kaobon at the age of 17. Till was involved in a fight at a party in August 2012 and was stabbed twice in the back, after confronting a large group of men. It was a near death experience as the knife cut deep into his body, missing his main artery by a millimetre. After the incident, his then-coach Colin Heron advised him to go to Brazil to train with Kaobon's previous Luta Livre coach Marcelo Brigadeiro, as living in Liverpool caused too much distraction in his life. Team Kaobon rallied round and raised the funds and packed him off. He moved to Brazil to pursue his MMA career and to teach Muay Thai. Till's initial plan was to stay in Brazil for just six months, although Heron's thinking was much different as he intended on having Till stay in Brazil for as long as possible, in order to keep him away from Liverpool's distractions. Till ended up staying for three and a half years.
Mixed martial arts career
Till spent much of his early MMA career in Santa Catarina, Brazil where he was part of "Astra Fight Team". He compiled an amateur record of 3-0 before turning professional, with a total of 11 fights in Brazil and one fight in Argentina. Prior to joining the UFC, Till fought eight times in 2013 alone and his record was 12-0 with seven KO/TKO wins.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Till faced Brazilian Wendell de Oliveira Marques in his UFC debut on nine days notice at UFC Fight Night 67 on 30 May 2015. Oliveira managed to control most of round one by pinning Till to the fence, kneeing him in the abdomen and the upper inner thighs. In round two, Till successfully completed an early shot and took Oliveira down, ending up on top where he rained down elbows. He knocked out Oliveira and secured his first UFC win.
Till next faced Nicolas Dalby on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76. After a back and forth fight, the bout was scored a majority draw. Both participants were awarded the Fight of the Night bonus.
After a significant shoulder injury and various personal issues kept him out of action for an extended period of time, Till returned to face Jessin Ayari on 28 May 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. He missed the non-title Welterweight limit of 171 pounds by 5 pounds, and had to give 20 percent of his fight earnings to his opponent. He explained that he had missed weight due to his long lay off from competition and that his body had not responded as well to the weight cutting process as it had in the past. Despite this difficult road to the fight, Till outpointed Ayari on the scorecards to win a unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 29–27).
On 1 August 2017, Till announced that he had signed a new, five-fight deal with the UFC.
Till faced former UFC Welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130 on 27 May 2018. At the weigh-ins, Till weighed in at 174.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the Welterweight non-title fight limit of 171. After negotiating with Thompson's team, the bout proceeded at a catchweight with the stipulation that Till could not weigh more than 188 pounds on the day of the fight. Till also forfeited 30 percent of his purse to Thompson. Till won the close fight via unanimous decision. He outstruck Thompson 38 to 30 in terms of significant strikes and scored the only knockdown of the fight in the fifth round. Despite this however, 22 of 25 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Thompson.
Till was given the opportunity to face Tyron Woodley on 8 September 2018 at UFC 228, challenging him for the UFC Welterweight championship. He lost the fight via d'arce choke in the second round after being dropped by the champion.
Despite talks of a potential move up to Middleweight, Till stayed at Welterweight and faced Jorge Masvidal on 16 March 2019 at UFC Fight Night 147. Till lost the fight by knockout in the second round. Both participants were awarded a Fight of the Night bonus award.
Move to Middleweight
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Pundit Arena
- 2017 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- 2017 Rising Star of the Year.
Stabbing incident 2012 in England
Till was involved in a fight at a party in August 2012 and was stabbed twice in the back, after confronting a large group of men. It was a near death experience as the knife cut deep into his body, missing his main artery by a millimetre.
Canary Islands incident
On 21 April 2019, it was revealed that Till had been arrested in Tenerife, Canary Islands on 18 April after trashing a hotel room after he was asked to leave, and for also stealing a taxi cab while the driver was loading Till's luggage into the trunk. Till and four other involved individuals were sentenced for a crime of damage and unauthorised use of a vehicle, and were fined approximately £10,000.
Till has three daughters, Isabella (born 2014), Zara (born 2018) and Raya (born 2020). He has a tattoo on his left arm of the mother of his child for a birthday gift. He also has a tattoo on the right side of his neck with the name of his sister Caitlin.
Till was once involved in a stabbing incident that left him with two scars on his back. According to the 26-year-old Muay Thai stylist, he fought "multiple bouncers and patrons" at a club during a party in August 2012. Sensing that life in Liverpool, England, was detrimental to his development, Till's coach advised him to move to Brazil to continue his training. He wound up staying in the South American country for three and a half years despite initial plans for a six-month stay.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||18 wins||2 losses|
|Win||18–2–1||Kelvin Gastelum||Decision (split)||UFC 244||2 November 2019||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Loss||17–2–1||Jorge Masvidal||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal||16 March 2019||2||3:05||London, England||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||17–1–1||Tyron Woodley||Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC 228||8 September 2018||2||4:19||Dallas, Texas, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||17–0–1||Stephen Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till||27 May 2018||5||5:00||Liverpool, England||Till missed weight (174.5 lbs).|
|Win||16–0–1||Donald Cerrone||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till||21 October 2017||1||4:20||Gdańsk, Poland||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||15–0–1||Bojan Veličković||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||2 September 2017||3||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||14–0–1||Jessin Ayari||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||28 May 2017||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Till missed weight (176 lbs).|
|Draw||13–0–1||Nicolas Dalby||Draw (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka||24 October 2015||3||5:00||Dublin, Ireland||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||13–0||Wendell de Oliveira||KO (elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves||30 May 2015||2||1:37||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||12–0||Laerte Costa e Silva||TKO (punches)||MMA Sanda Combat||9 May 2015||4||2:01||Apucarana, Brazil|
|Win||11–0||Guillermo Martinez Ayme||Decision (unanimous)||Arena Tour MMA||20 December 2014||3||5:00||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||10–0||Sergio Matias||Submission (toe hold)||Aspera Fighting Championship 14||29 November 2014||2||3:05||Lages, Brazil||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||9–0||Deivid Caubiack||KO (punch)||Aspera Fighting Championship 11||30 August 2014||1||1:35||Curitibanos, Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Cristiano Marquesotti||Submission (inverted triangle choke)||Curitibanos AMG Fight Champion||9 November 2013||1||4:45||Curitibanos, Brazil|
|Win||7–0||Edson Jairo da Silva||TKO (retirement)||Predador Campos Fight 2||5 October 2013||3||4:00||Campos Novos, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Alexandre Pereira||KO (punch)||Encontro dos Espartanos||10 August 2013||3||2:47||Blumenau, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Pedro Keller de Souza||KO (punch)||Sparta MMA 7||15 June 2013||2||1:54||Balneário Camboriú, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Paulo Batista||KO (punch)||Sparta MMA 6||28 May 2013||1||1:24||Itajaí, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Junior Dietz||TKO (punches)||São João Super Fight: Forja de Campeões||4 May 2013||1||2:18||São João Batista, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Muriel Giassi||TKO (punches)||Tavares Combat 6||6 April 2013||2||2:50||Palhoça, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Luciano Oliveira Ribeiro||Decision (unanimous)||Sparta MMA 3||23 February 2013||3||5:00||Balneário Camboriú, Brazil||Middleweight debut.|
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