Darren Till talked a big game leading up to UFC Fight Night 118, and following his win over Donald Cerrone last weekend, the rising star’s confidence appears to be greater than ever.
Leading up to their bout, Till argued that Cerrone was too “old” and “fragile” to withstand his striking game. Till proceeded to finish Cerrone in the opening round of their contest, as he repeatedly beat the veteran to the punch, and finished the fight with a vicious flurry of punches.
After the bout, Mike Perry argued that he didn’t see the “Cowboy” of the past, in the cage with Till. More recently, the British fighter was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and Till voiced a somewhat similar opinion (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“As soon as he stepped into the cage on Saturday, I knew that he was a broken man,” Till said.
“I knew that he was mine. He was mine, he was in my world. My confidence is not fake, it’s 100 percent real and that’s what it is.”
“He just walked into the cage. He wasn’t the Cowboy that I had seen fight Robbie Lawler,” Till added.
“He wasn’t the Cowboy that I had seen fight all these years. He looked at me and he could just see a 24-year-old monster in front of him.”
Longtime observers of the game will note that Cerrone has frequently been a slow starter in fights, so that could have played a factor here. But, when the two were standing across from each other in the cage, it was somewhat shocking how much larger Till was than Cerrone. Does that mean the latter was fazed? You wouldn’t think so, considering how long Cerrone’s been fighting, but you never know.
Till also went on to say that Cerrone’s been fighting for a “long time”, and that he shouldn’t really expect to beat rising fighters like the Liverpool native. Whether you agree with that or not, it will be interesting to see where the 34 year-old Cerrone goes from here. Does he have the size, and abilities at this stage of the game to be a contender at 170? Would he still at 155? Or is the popular fighter at a new spot in his career, where perhaps ‘super fights’ and bouts with other vets, are all that should be tabled?