Darren Till believes that Derek Brunson didn’t get the best version of him when they fought.
Back in Sept. 2021, Till and Brunson shared the Octagon in the main event of UFC Vegas 36. Till had no answer for Brunson’s wrestling and was submitted in the third round via rear-naked choke. Till has gone 1-4 in his last five outings.
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During an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Darren Till expressed his belief that had he been on point, he would’ve cracked Derek Brunson’s skull (via BJPenn.com).
“It was tough to take, it was real tough to take. I’m not disrespecting Derek in any way, shape or form, Blonde Derek Brunson was doing a job, but when I was in there with him, I didn’t feel myself. I felt sloppy and he just felt so slow. Even his takedowns and his striking – for me, if this was in the gym, I’d have f***ing broke his skull. I know he’s gonna see this and say no you’re chatting, but I just couldn’t identify myself in there. At the same time, in my opinion, that night Derek was just the better fighter.”
“I still wanna give him his props, he beat me fair and square, the better man and the better fighter that night. But it was tough for me to take.”
Till has aligned himself with rising welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev. “The Gorilla” is now training at Allstars Training Center in Sweden in hopes of turning things around.
As for Brunson, he’ll be looking to rebound after being stopped by Jared Cannonier in what may have been a title eliminator.