For weeks there’s been talk about Darren Till’s issues making 170, and an eventual move to middleweight. But, based off comments his nutritionist recently made, don’t be surprised if we see Till throwing hands with top welterweights for a while yet.
After Till missed weight by multiple pounds for his bout with Stephen Thompson this past May, and after a video surfaced of him suffering horribly during the cut, the consensus was his time at 170 was limited. So much so, leading up to Till’s bout with champ Tyron Woodley last weekend at UFC 228, there was considerable worry he wouldn’t make weight for the contest.
Well, all the talk about Till’s weight, clearly and understandably wore on the Liverpool fighter’s nerves. But, at the end of the day, Till came in at 169 pounds for the fight, and quieted the hysteria, before he was dominated by the champ and lost via submission.
So what’s the plan now? Considering Till’s acknowledgement that he hates cutting weight? And his comments before about jumping to 185 in the not too distant future?
Well, recently the man who oversaw Till’s cut for 228, Eoghan Gallagher, spoke with Peter Carroll. According to Gallagher, now that Till has a proper system in place, in terms of nutrition, cutting weight etc, he believes the fighter can remain at 170 for some time (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“[The weight cut] did go extremely well in the end,” Gallagher said. “I was very confident [he would make weight] and I think he can make 170 with ease for years to come, it’s just all about what his preference is moving forward.”
“…This cut was super easy. The actual water cut itself did not take a significant amount of time. When he jumped on the scales and we saw 170, his teammate Mike Grundy and I were there, we were all together and it was a really emotional moment for us. We just hugged it out and we were like, ‘Wow’. Absolutely, Darren can make 170 with ease with the systems that we have in place.”
So, this is pretty interesting to hear. Of course, Till could decide that he’s done with making big cuts altogether, and that the timing’s right to move up to 185. Especially since he’s coming off a loss to the champ.
But, it would be kind of surprising if that’s what transpired. After all, Till’s reach and size is a huge advantage for him at 170, and at 185, he’d be competing against over sized middleweights like Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, Chris Weidman, and Luke Rockhold. So, you think that a minimum, Till and his team will decide the best move is to remain at welterweight for now, and make Gallagher’s system a permanent fixture of his camp.