Darren Till revealed he let the UFC know he didn’t want to go to a five-round main event next. A veteran welterweight and middleweight, Till has fought in several five-round main event bouts in the UFC.
In an interview posted on MMA legend Michael Bisping’s YouTube channel, Darren Till opened up about his long-awaited return to the octagon. Till is scheduled to face Dricus du Plessis in a three-round middleweight bout at UFC 282 on December 10.
Till has lost four of his last five fights and is on a two-fight losing streak. His last clash saw him suffer a third-round loss to Derek Brunson in September 2021. Additionally, injury issues delayed the Liverpudlian’s comeback in the months that followed.
Michael Bisping notably asked ‘The Gorilla’ if returning from his long hiatus made him feel any added pressure or if it was just another fight week. Till responded by stating:
“I don’t know, just — If you don’t cut corners, and you give 110%, and you’re true to yourself, there’s nothing more you can do, mate. So, That’s it. I said to the UFC; I said I don’t want another main event. I said I’m tired of going five rounds. I just want to get back on my feet. . And that’s what happened. So, you know, that’s what it is, mate.”
Additionally, Bisping chimed in by suggesting he agreed with Till. “The Count” indicated that while fighting five rounds is a challenge, it’s training for a five-round fight that mentally and physically exhausts a fighter.
Watch Till discuss the topic at 9:20 a.m. in the video below:
Chael Sonnen Thinks Five-Round Fights Are Messing Up Darren Till’s Head
In an edition of Beyond the Fight earlier this year, former UFC star Chael Sonnen addressed Darren Till’s 1-4 record in his last five bouts. “The Bad Guy” alluded to the fact that each of Till’s four losses came in fights scheduled for five rounds.
Chael Sonnen pointed out that being booked to compete for five rounds negatively affects Darren Till’s mindset. He also referenced Till’s only win in his recent octagon outings, a split decision verdict in a three-round bout against Kelvin Gastelum.
The fight marked Till’s return to middleweight. Explaining that the possible distractions before the three-round match against Gastelum helped Till, Sonnen said:
“He [Till] had his mind on five other things. I’m tired, how is this weight class, who is my next opponent, what happens from here. He was distracted and he put on what I believe to be his best performance. Being distracted is very helpful for some guys.”
Watch Sonnen’s assessment at 3:50 in the video below: