Darren Till Claims He Would’ve ‘F*cking Broke’ Derek Brunson’s Skull If They Fought In The Gym

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 14, 2022
    Darren Till

    Reflecting on his disappointing recent run including a UFC Vegas 36 main event loss to Derek Brunson back in September, Darren Till insists that headlining bout would have looked a whole lot different if he fought Brunson in the surroundings of a gym.

    Till, who headlined his second consecutive event for the promotion back in September at part of a notable U.K. contingent, suffered a rather one-sided third round rear-naked choke loss to the-then streaking, Brunson, as Till dropped his second straight loss at middleweight.

    The Liverpool native, as per his head coach, Colin Heron, had suffered a complete ACL tear just weeks before his main event bout with Brunson – adding to a slew of prior injuries over the last year, including another niggling knee injury, and a broken collarbone which forced him from an April return against Marvin Vettori.

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    The one-time welterweight title challenger was linked with a UFC London appearance this weekend against divisional staple, Uriah Hall, however, the pairing failed to ever come to fruition.

    In the time since his loss to Brunson, Till has begun training alongside welterweight berserker, Khamzat Chimaev – travelling to AllStars MMA in Sweden, as well as taking time to train at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada over the last two weeks.

    Reflecting on his disappointing performance and loss to Brunson in September, Till claimed that he did not feel his usual self come fight night against the North Carolina veteran.

    “It was tough to take, it was really tough to take,” Darren Till said during a recent interview with ESPN MMA. “I’m not disrespecting Derek (Brunson) in any way, shape or form. ‘Blonde’ Derek Brunson was doing a job, but when I was in there with him, I didn’t feel myself. I felt sloppy and he just felt so slow. Even his takedowns and his striking – for me, if this was in the gym, I’d have f*cking broke his skull. I know he’s gonna see this and say, no, you’re chatting, but I just couldn’t identify myself in there. At the same time, in my opinion, that night Derek was just the better fighter.”

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    “I still wanna give him props, he beat me fair and square, the better man and the better fighter that night,” Darren Till continued. “But it was tough for me to take.”

    Before his pair of losses to both Brunson and former middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker – Till initially debuted at 185lbs with a close split decision win over former interim title challenger, Kevlin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 244 in November 2019.