UFC Fight Night 211, going down July 23, 2022 at the o2 Arena in London, England, is quietly becoming a card to watch, as they’ve just added a stellar middleweight bout between no. 8 ranked Darren Till and no. 7 ranked Jack Hermansson.
No. 4 ranked heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes is expected to headline the event opposing no. 6 ranked Tom Aspinall, and Alexander Gustafsson’s return bout is also scheduled for this event, as he faces Nikita Krylov following a two-year absence from the sport.
Back to our newly scheduled middleweight bout:
Darren Till was one of the more hyped talents in the entire sport just a few short years ago, when he walked into his UFC welterweight title bout opposing then champion Tyron Woodley with a near perfect 17-0-1 record.
The Englishman was coming off wins over Donald Cerrone (TKO) and Stephen Thompson (UD) going in, so there were some pretty high expectations for him, he was even the favorite going into that fight.
However, including that title fight, Till has gone 1-4 since, losing to the likes of Tyron Woodley (D’Arce choke), Jorge Masvidal (KO), Robert Whittaker (UD), and most recently Derek Brunson (rear naked choke) in September.
That lone victory comes over Kelvin Gastelum via split decision, though it was clear he won, and he also had a very, very close fight with a former champion in Whittaker.
Nonetheless, Till is still just 29 years old. He has a lot of time to continue growing.
Jack Hermansson on the other hand has also hit a bit of a rough patch lately, going 2-3 over his last five following a four-fight win streak.
He too has a relatively recent win over Kelvin Gastelum (heel hook), but has been defeated by Jared Cannonier (TKO), Marvin Vettori (UD), and Sean Strickland (SD) in that time.
One could say Till must keep this fight on the feet in order to win, and on that same note, Hermansson probably needs this fight on the mat in order to secure a victory.
But, this is mixed martial arts; anything could happen.
Who walks away the victor in this epic middleweight showdown?
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