Darren Till’s quest for the UFC welterweight title ended in a one-sided submission defeat to Tyron Woodley last month, and it appears as if the Englishman is going to middleweight.
In a blog post written on PaddyPower.com, Till wrote about how he’s not completely shutting the door on 170, but his future is very much focused on 185.
I’m a big dude for welterweight to be honest, so that’s probably going to be my last fight at that weight.
Welterweight isn’t fully gone for me, but I’m going to be happy going up to middleweight now and I’ll be strong at that weight not having to cut as much weight.
I’m at the pinnacle of my fighting career now, I’m one of the biggest names in MMA right now.
I’m fighting the best and I am one of the best.
Till has missed weight twice in his UFC career, including in his win against Stephen Thompson this past May. He’s known for being one of the larger welterweights in the sport, and he even admitted that he was already eying an eventual run at the middleweight belt.
It’s not that I can’t make the weight. I’m just a big lad so I just have to be on such a strict, regimented diet and being honest, I don’t like doing it.
People might say ‘he’s not disciplined enough’, but because I have to cut so much weight I can only eat the bare minimum of food and that’s not how I want to be training.
I want to be eating nice, healthy, big meals and training hard, smashing my training.
The move up will help me keep my head more relaxed over the weight cut and I’ll be training more with a smile on my face, so I’m looking forward to going to middleweight.
Given the ongoing debates over excessive and often dangerous weight cutting in MMA, this seems like a sensible decision for Till. Just because you can make the weight doesn’t mean you should keep going through such an ordeal.
The 25-year-old Till (17-1-1) does not have a fight booked, but there are no doubt several intriguing matchups for him at 185, and we’ll see if his success at welterweight will also be duplicated a weight class above.