Darren Till wanted UFC release and still ‘cool as f***’ with boss Dana White

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    Combat star Darren Till has explained why he has been released from the UFC.

    ‘The Gorilla' was one of the promotion's biggest British stars since joining boss Dana White and co in 2015 and he even headlined their first and only show in Liverpool. Fans were stunned when the automated Twitter account UFC Roster Watch tweeted yesterday: 'Fighter removed: Darren Till.’ This led fans to believe that the Englishman had been sacked.

    But the fighter has since taken to twitter to clear up any speculation, revealing he asked to be released and plans to return in the future. “What's happening everyone, Me, Dana [White, UFC president] & Hunter [Campbell, UFC executive vice-president and CBO] are still cool as f***,” he wrote.

    “I asked UFC [to] remove me just [to] sort some other s*** for the foreseeable [future]. 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.”

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    Till made his UFC debut eight years ago – but it wasn't until his first-round TKO win against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone that would put his name on the map. He also secured a big win against Stephen Thompson and remained unbeaten until he challenged Tyron Woodley for the Welterweight Championship in 2018, and lost via submission in round two.

    Following a defeat to Jorge Masvidal in his next fight, he found his way back into the winning column with a victory over Kelvin Gastelum in November 2019. But that is the last time Till left the octagon victorious and has since lost his last three bouts, causing him to slip out of title contention.

    Till’s exit from the company was not a complete surprise however, given he admitted after his most recent defeat that he was planning to take time out of the cage. "You don’t always get what you want in this life, it’s tough," he said.

    "I’m 29 now, I’ve been at the top of the sport since 2017, and I entered in the UFC in 2015. I’m doing this video now because I feel like it’s the right time.

    “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 a losing skid at the moment, I’m not finding my right ways and stuff like that.

    “It’s crazy because when I’m in the gym and I’m sparring with the best guys in the world, I’m in my element and when I step into the Octagon, I can’t seem to put things together."


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