Darren Till’s meteoric rise up the UFC’s ranks was delivered a stunning setback last night, at the hands of Tyron Woodley, but the British star is saying all the right things, following the defeat.
Till was tapped to fight the welterweight champ at UFC 228, following his decision win over perennial contender, Stephen Thompson, this past May. After a fairly, uneventful first round, Till was clobbered by Woodley with a big right in round two, and was caught with a fight ending D’Arce choke, a couple of minutes later.
Well, immediately after the loss, Till credited Woodley for his performance, and during the post-fight presser, he had this to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“A loss has to come to everyone I believe, no matter what you do,” Till said. “There is certain people that do get away with that, Floyd Mayweather some other guys that get away without that loss. I’ve lost very few times in my life, you didn’t know me before MMA. I lost three times, I actually lost for a world title in Canada and that was just horrible for me. It’s one of them things, I’ll face it head on. It’s all ups since I made my comeback next year, you’ve got to remember I only came back last year after an 18-month layoff. Fought in Sweden, Rotterdam, Poland, and then I fought in Liverpool, and now Texas. It’s been a ride for me. The losses came tonight.
“Listen, there will probably be another loss. But as I say, I am still going to be the greatest fighter of all time, I know I am. This doesn’t change anything. It’s just I can’t lie to you right now. I’m upset, I’m broken. I’m hurt tonight, I’m a hurt person.”
Now, it remains to be seen how Till rebounds from this setback, and whether he can put together another title run (or if he stays at 170). But, based off these comments, it certainly sounds like Till is handling the loss appropriately, and that he’s not mentally shaken by the defeat. Further, as Till noted, he has been defeated before during Muay Thai competition, and it also looks like he took a loss in amateur MMA action too.
Till also deserves praise for not offering any excuses for the loss. He didn’t point to the agonizing weight cut he undergoes to make 170, for example, or mention any injuries he might have had heading into the bout.
UFC 228 took place in Dallas, Texas.