Darren Till isn’t thinking about retirement.
At UFC 282, Till was looking to snap his two-fight losing skid and return to the win column against Dricus Du Plessis. Early on, the fight was not going his way as Du Plessis was hammering down shots against the fence and the ref nearly stopped it multiple times but Till survived.
In the second round, Till began to have a lot of success but in the third round, Du Plessis slammed the Brit down and got a submission. The loss was Till’s third in a row and is now 1-5 in his last six fights, however, he still isn’t thinking about retiring.
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“What’s happening everyone? You don’t always get what you want in this life. It’s tough. F*cking 29 now. I’ve been at the top of this sport since 2017. I entered in the UFC in 2015. I’m doing this video because I feel like you should do it, I should do it now. The times right now. I’m not retiring,” Till said after the loss. “This is not a retirement speech. I’m 29. That would be stupid to retire. But I’m on a bit of losing skid at the moment, I really am. I’m not finding my right ways and stuff like that. It’s crazy because when I’m in the gym sparring with all these best guys in the world, truly I’m in the element. But when I step there in the octagon, I just can’t seem to put things together. I have moments like in the second round where I’m untouchable then certain things happen.”
“I just want to say to everyone there, whether you love me or hate me, I’m sorry. I tried to come and put a show on. I cut no corners. I really do train. Maybe I train too much. I train like a man demented,” Till continued. “The past 13 week I gave my all. I give my all to this sport. I don’t know what to do now. I think I’m going to have a little bit of time off from the UFC and just rethink stuff. I’m not retiring. I want to fight soon. I want to fight next year, but I just want to spend Christmas with my family and spent time with everyone who supports me properly. My team back home and that’s it. Hope you enjoyed the fight, it was a bit of a war. Well done to Dricus.”
With the loss, Darren Till drops to 18-5-1 as a pro and is 1-3 since moving up to middleweight.
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