After Jorge Masvidal knocked Darren Till out cold, his confidence took a hit.
He was entering the fight coming off his first professional loss but knew he was better than Jorge Masvidal. He was confident a win would get him right back into the title conversation but that didn’t happen. Instead, he suffered another finish and is on a two-fight losing streak which impacted his confidence.
“It hurt a lot for a while. A lot of guys say, ‘I wasn’t bothered’, but it hurt. Just because, I just know what could have been after that fight,” Darren Till said to BT Sport. “It could have been title, back in there, and a lot of stuff. I even said to coach Colin [Heron], win or lose this fight [with Masvidal], I wanna be straight back in the gym to fight again. But it never quite went that way, I just sort of fell off the wagon.
“All my life, I’ve had this crazy confidence that I’m just this superhuman being inside that Octagon and in life and it got knocked a bit. I’m not ashamed to say that. I want to get that back. It’s there, I’m still that confident guy that if you put me in front of everyone, I know I can beat them. I know there’s something in me that can beat everyone. I’ve got that technique, I’ve got that will. It got lost a bit after the fight, so I just had to find it.”
Yet, ahead of his middleweight debut against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 he admits his confidence is back. He is prepared for a very tough fight and should he win here he will be right back in the title conversation, but this time in a different division. However, beating ‘KG’ is easier said than done.