With his submission loss to Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Vegas 36, Darren Till has now lost four of his last five fights. Many are asking what could be next for the 28-year-old? Here’s a look at three possible options
Uriah Hall (17-10) – Middleweight
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This was a matchup that immediately came to mind after Saturday’s main event. Hall is currently ranked #10 in the division, just three spots behind Till in the 185-pound rankings. Style-wise, it’s a fan-friendly matchup with both being strikers and it’s unlikely this potential matchup would hit the floor. Hall just turned 37 in July, and his latest setback against Sean Strickland puts him out of the contender’s seat at middleweight. It’s an opportunity for both fighters to get back on the winning track, while also providing the type of “Fight of the Night” type billing that fans would be into.
Kevin Holland (21-7) – Middleweight
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Holland is set to take on Kyle Daukaus at UFC Fight Night on October 2nd, but regardless of the outcome, this would be a fun fight. Currently, Holland is ranked #14 in the division so even a win here would make sense rankings-wise. The 28-year-old also recently lost to Brunson earlier this year at UFC Fight Night in March. Like the Hall matchup, Holland favors a standup game and would undoubtedly turn into a striking battle. Both Holland and Till are two of the biggest personalities in the division and the build-up to a potential fight alone would be worth booking this fight.
Back to Welterweight?
You couldn't script this. Both hometown heroes Molly McCann and Darren Till miss weight. Unbelievable. #UFCLiverpool
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) May 26, 2018
Some pundits have suggested a move back to welterweight might be the key to success for Till. “The Gorilla” has missed weight twice in that weight class, once against Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night in 2017 and then again against Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night in 2018. The last time Till fought at 170-pounds was against then welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. The former 170-pound champion dominated Till on route to a second-round submission victory back in 2018. If Till consults with the doctors at the UFC Performance Institute and is able to safely get down to that weight class, that may be a good option for Till going forward.