Darren Till: ‘I Don’t know What To Do Now’ After Losing at UFC 282; But ‘I’m Not Retiring’

Darren Till confirmed that he is not walking away from the UFC, but acknowledged that something needs to change before he can be competitive again

Darren Till
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Darren Till just can’t seem to put things together inside the Octagon.

‘The Gorilla’ dropped his third straight at UFC 282 on Saturday night, tapping out in the third round of a highly-entertaining bout with rising contender Dricus Du Plessis. Losing five of his last six, Till recognizes that a change needs to be made.  Following his latest setback, ‘The Gorilla’ took to Instagram, saying:

“You don’t always get what you want in this life,” Till said in an Instagram video post UFC 282. “It’s tough. F*cking 29 now. I’ve been at this top of this sport since 2017. I entered in the UFC in 2015. I’m not retiring. This is not a retirement speech. I’m 29. That would be stupid to retire. But I’m on a bit of losing skid at the moment, I really am. I’m not finding my right ways and stuff like that.

“It’s crazy because when I’m in the gym sparring with all these best guys in the world, truly I’m in the element. But when I step there in the octagon, I just can’t seem to put things together. I have moments like in the second round where I’m untouchable then certain things happen.”

Darren Till Has No Intentions of Walking Away From Fighting

Despite another frustrating loss at the UFC’s final pay-per-view of 2022, Darren Till certainly had his moments in the matchup. After surviving a barrage of strikes from Du Plessis in the early going, Till mounted an epic comeback in the second round before succumbing to a rear-naked choke in the third. Undeterred, ‘The Gorilla’ has every intention of returning in 2023 after taking some time to enjoy the holidays with his family.

“I just want to say to everyone there, whether you love me or hate me, I’m sorry,” Till said. “I tried to come and put a show on. I cut no corners. I train. Maybe I train too much. I train like a man demented. The past 13 week I gave my all. I give my all to this sport. I don’t know what to do now. I think I’m going to have a little bit of time off from the UFC and just rethink stuff. I’m not retiring.

“I want to fight soon. I want to fight next year, but I just want to spend Christmas with my family and spent time with everyone who supports me properly. My team back home and that’s it. Hope you enjoyed the fight, it was a bit of a war. Well done to Dricus.”

Till is aware that in order to be successful in the future, he will need to make adjustments following his third consecutive loss in UFC 282.

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