When Darren Till fought Tyron Woodley for the title at UFC 228, he had a ton of hype behind him. He was 17-0-1 as a pro, but it wasn’t enough as Woodley gave him his first loss by submission in the second round.
Then, in March, he took on Jorge Masvidal, where the American knocked him out cold in the second round to put him on a two-fight losing streak.
The Englishman is now ranked 10th in Sherdog’s welterweight rankings, and according to UFC president, Dana White, he believes the promotion rushed Till too soon.
“I think Till went back to the drawing board,” White said to ESPN. “He’s a young guy. After the win over [Donald Cerrone], we may have pushed him too soon. It happens sometimes when a guy gets that much steam behind him. Pump the brakes a little here. Let him get back and work on the things he needs to work on. He’s going to be around.”
Although White says part of the blame goes onto the promotion, he believes some of Till’s struggles are due to the depth of the welterweight division. On whether Till will move up to 185 pounds for his next UFC appearance, White responded, “That I don’t know.”