Darren Till said that his knee injury is the main reason he lost against rising star Dricus du Plessis. Till also added that he may have tore his ACL during the match.
Former welterweight title challenger Darren Till suffered another loss. He was featured at UFC 282 in the main event last Saturday night. He faced South African prospect Dricus du Plessis, who was 3-0 in the UFC when he entered the octagon.
Meanwhile, Till was hoping to bounce back from two consecutive losses. Many fans speculated that Till will be able to launch a comeback this time.
Dricus Du Plessis
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Till became infamous for his friendship with welterweight star and wrestling phenom Khamzat Chimaev, and fans expected that Till had improved his grappling.
However, the 29-year-old failed to defend a single takedown from Plessis. He was also struggling when the action went to the ground. Till almost got submitted pretty early when Plessis took him down in the first round, fortunately he survived that submission attempt. However in the end, Plessis submitted him via face crank in the final round, marking his 4th win in the promotion.
After the match ended, Till was called by UFC announcer Bruce Buffer outside of the octagon. Buffer asked Till of his condition and he said that he had tore his ACL.
“You okay?” Buffer asked.
“I think I tore my ACL.” Till answered.
Buffer then asked him whether Till wanted the broadcasting team to know about his injury, but Till somehow doesn’t think that it was necessary.
“No. I don’t know.” Till said.
This isn’t the first time Darren Till suffered a serious knee injury. Back in 2020, “The Gorilla” tore his MCL during a match against former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, where Till lost via unanimous decision. Since then, Till suffered some injuries on his knee that caused him to be pulled out of matches several times.
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