The UFC is finalizing a middleweight contest between Darren Till and Dricus Du Plessis in December, multiple sources have told ESPN.
The contracts have not been signed, but the two parties have agreed on a date and an opponent. The 185-pound contest takes place at UFC 282 on Dec. 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Till (18-4-1), from Liverpool, has not fought since September 2021. The 29-year-old has struggled to stay healthy in recent years. He entered his last fight against Derek Brunson with a knee injury and was forced to pull out of his last scheduled fight against Jack Hermansson in July due to injury.
In a recent statement to ESPN, Till said he’s focused on slowly rebuilding his body to full strength before possibly competing twice before the end of the year. That goal seems unlikely, as there is only one UFC event left in 2022 after Dec. 10. Either way, Till predicted a huge comeback in 2023.
A former welterweight title challenger, Till has lost four of his last five, but those have all come against highly ranked competition.
Du Plessis (17-2) is an intriguing middleweight contender from South Africa. The 28-year-old signed with the UFC in 2020 and has since gone 3-0 with two knockouts. He is coming off a decisive win over veteran Brad Tavares in July.
The UFC has yet to announce a main event for the UFC 282 pay-per-view.