Darren Till has been removed from the UFC roster per his own request.
One of the UFC’s most notable stars is no longer on the active roster. It was revealed earlier this week that longtime UFC welterweight and middleweight Darren Till had been removed from the rankings. The news was first reported by a Twitter account called UFC Roster Watch. Upon hearing the news many people were surprised. Till has been going through a tough time of late and has only won one bout in his last six. At first, the removal seemed as though he had been cut but later Till took to social media to explain that he had requested the departure.
On that day, Till was not the only one shed from the roster, Zubaira Tukhugov was taken off as well. Tukhugov was released following his loss at UFC 284, he also missed weight for that bout.
❌ Fighter removed: Darren Till
— UFC Roster Watch (@UFCRosterWatch) February 28, 2023
Darren Till explains that he needs some time away from the UFC
Till came to the UFC back in 2015. Immediately he began to rise up the rankings and was considered to be one of the best prospects at the time. He struggled a bit to make weight at welterweight in the beginning but worked his way up to a title shot by 2018. He lost his fight against the champion at the time Tyron Woodley and then proceeded to creep downhill. He made the jump up to middleweight following two losses at 170 pounds and found a win, but then went on to lose the next three. It seems Till is looking to take some time away from the sport.
What’s happening everyone,
Me, Dana & Hunter are still cool as fuck.
I asked UFC 2 remove me just 2 sort some other shit for the foreseeable,
They happily agreed to release me out of contract which I appreciate.
I’m not going anywhere, got big plans to execute & I’ll be back. 🦍
— D (@darrentill2) March 1, 2023
“What’s happening everyone, Me, Dana & Hunter are still cool as f-ck,” he wrote. “I asked UFC 2 remove me just 2 sort some other sh-t for the foreseeable. They happily agreed to release me out of contract which I appreciate. I’m not going anywhere, got big plans to execute & I’ll be back.”
Following his most recent loss to Dricus du Plessis in December, Till seemed unsure of his future. Many were wondering if he was leaning towards retirement, and at the time he said that was not his plan. Now he is saying he plans on coming back eventually. Till is only 30 years old and has been taking on some of the toughest fighters in the UFC. His last eight opponents were all ranked in the top ten and many were past champions or title contenders.