MMA is a brutal, uncaring sport. When fighters lose, it’s often via violent means. For the first time in his career, Darren Till suffered a loss when he forced to tap out to a D’Arce choke after being brutalized by UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley for the better part of the second round in the UFC 228 headliner. But the sport has a strange way of being able to turn heartache into touching moments, and that’s what happened not long after the fight when Tyron Woodley’s mother met Till backstage.
In a very classy and heartwarming gesture, Woodley’s mother gave Till a big hug and offered some words of encouragement.
Clearly class runs in the Woodley family, because Tyron himself also gave great respect to Till and told him that he’d never be where he was at if he didn’t lose a world title fight when he was 10-0 back in the Strikeforce days:
It’s easy to forget that Till is only 25 years old, and these gestures by the Woodleys can only be beneficial for him and his career. Neither of them were under any obligation to do anything like this, but they did it anyway. That’s really cool. For all the heat Woodley takes, he deserves a ton of credit for both his performance in the Octagon last night, and his honorable actions outside of it.