Darren Till fails to make weight ahead of UFC Liverpool

You can add Darren Till to the list of high profile UFC fighters who failed to make weight recently. UFC Liverpool’s main event remains intact, but Till now carries a stigma with him along with an extra 3.5 lbs, moving forward regardless of the outcome.

The 25-year-old hometown kid who described himself as a light heavyweight competing in the UFC’s welterweight division now finds himself eating crow. Reports stated that Till experienced a family emergency during the weight cutting process, which could give fans an idea of what excuse he’ll use following the fight.

Till is intent on staking his claim atop the talent rich UFC 170-pound division following his coming out party in the form of a first round TKO win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in October. Seven months of binge eating, including receiving a box of Dunkin Donuts courtesy of Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour  and now the Englishman finds himself in the same boat as Mackenzie Dern. Poor boat.

Fortunately Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson still accepted the bout, only he did so on his terms, which was a smart move. Kevin Lee, Mackenzie Dern, and Yoel Romero are some of the most recent names who failed to make weight for their latest bouts, but besides forfeiting a percentage of their purse to their opponent, they didn’t have to weigh in a second time. Till must weigh in before he leaves to the arena and must be at 188 lbs or less according to Helwani.

It appears fans will have to settle for the middleweight competing in the welterweight division tomorrow night unless he turns his locker room into an all you can eat buffet. Till stated that he entered his bout against Cerrone at 200 lbs. He probably wishes he never publicly revealed that tidbit right about now. Thompson will enter the bout with a mental edge while Till will likely still enter with an advantage in weight. Thompson should take it a step further and walk into the octagon holding a scale in his hand to remind Till of his shortcomings.

Win or lose, Till’s next opponent could wind up being diabetes if he doesn’t shape up. No pun intended. The “Gorilla,” a fitting nickname, is likely exhibiting the most pressure he’s ever endured in his MMA career thus far. Till will once again have to step on the scale hours before the biggest fight of his life. Fans should keep an eye on his gas tank and his work rate considering this will be the second time he will be competing in a five round fight.

Even with his plate full, Till still remained adamant in his belief that he will finish “Wonder church boy” on a Sunday no less in a statement following the botched weight cut. You can’t have a UFC event without botched weight cuts. They just go hand in hand these days.

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