UFC welterweight contender Darren Till encountered a major health scare during the weight cut in preparation for his headliner fight against Stephen Thompson in Liverpool last May. But for his title fight against Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 last weekend, “The Gorilla” made the 170-pound mark, sticking it to his detractors as he was on the scales.
This trend is expected to continue, at least according to Till’s nutritionist Eoghan Gallagher.
“[The weight cut] did go extremely well in the end. 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,” Gallagher told MMAFighting’s Peter Caroll in a recent episode of Eurobash.
Gallagher, who received his certification from famed nutritionist George Lockhart, already has plans for Till moving forward, as he was only able to work with the Team Kaobon fighter for a short period of time during the last camp.
“Ideally, what I’d like to do moving forward is spend six to eight weeks with him in Liverpool in a much longer camp than this one, obviously this was a short-notice fight,” Gallagher said. “I’d look to get the weight down earlier, get him a bit slimmer — a little bit less aggressive than I had to do it this time. I’d get the weight down slowly, making the cut in the end extremely easy.”
“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.”
Unfortunately for Till, his success in the scales did not translate during the fight itself, as he was submitted by Woodley in the second round, marking his first-ever career loss.