Liverpudlian Darren Till headlines tonight against what he calls “the perfect dance partner” in experienced Mexican-American Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight contest which may determine whether the Briton is elevated to another title fight in the UFC in the coming twelve months. London’s O2 Arena will reverberate to the UFC’s ninth event at the venue in the old city docks.
The 26-year-old had a nightmare night in Dallas last year when he was defeated by then UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, but Till has shaken of the disappointment with a resounding clarity.
“It was horrible, I cried and cried in front of my girlfriend which she had never seen from me,” explained the skilled southpaw striker and grappler, who had been stopped in the first round without landing a blow on the American.
“It was so disappointing, I had a plan to win the fight in the third round, and when that doesn’t happen, it’s an awful feeling.” Yet just a few days later, Till was back in the public eye doing interviews.
Had he watched it back ? “Yes, many times. Watching its just strengthens me over it, hardens me and makes me remember about pulling the trigger.” A champion attitude from Till, who has become the UFC’s ‘poster fighter’ in the UK.