Darren Till is one of the hottest prospects in the UFC today, coming fresh off a victory over two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
The Englishman took home a unanimous decision win over Thompson after five hard fought rounds last week in Liverpool. There was a ton of controversy surrounding the fight because Till missed weight.
Many also believed that Thompson should’ve gotten the nod on the judges’ scorecards, and he might have won had the fight occurred anywhere other than Liverpool.
As for Till’s future at 170 pounds, UFC President Dana White has said that he has no issues putting Till in a big fight at welterweight moving forward.
Apparently, there was a family emergency in the middle of Till’s weight cut and he was forced to rush to the hospital and put the cut on halt.
He returned shortly after and resumed cutting weight, but was unable to make the limit in the remaining time.
Rafael dos Anjos, who will challenge for the interim welterweight title against Colby Covington in the co-main event of UFC 225 in Chicago, Illinois next weekend, recently offered his thoughts on the Till situation.
RDA offered an interesting perspective on the matter, noting he doesn’t think that the young Englishman will be fighting at the weight class much longer (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I don’t see him fighting very long in this welterweight division,” dos Anjos said. “Every time you make weight, it gets harder and harder and harder. I’ve been there before.
“I feel like every time I made 155, it was getting harder and harder harder every time. That’s gonna happen to him and he’s gonna go to 185 eventually.”
Video leaked of Till’s weight cut, and he was struggling very much to get the weight off. He even lost vision at one point.
RDA has history with strenuous weight cuts of his own, recently moving up from 155 pounds for the very reason:
“I passed out three times and I went out and went back,” dos Anjos said. “I did that probably three times.
“One of the times, I was out for three minutes. I almost, when I fell back on the bathtub, I almost hit the back of my head on the sink. I could have died.
“And that was a fight that I shouldn’t fight. But everything happens for a reason. I did it and I lost and I learned a lot from it.”
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