Darren Till’s dreams of becoming UFC champion seem a long way off after defeat to Derek Brunson on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but Michael Bisping still feels the Englishman will become champion at some point in his career.
The 28-year-old has now lost four of his last five fights thanks to the third round submission defeat to Brunson, with two of those losses coming at welterweight and the most recent pair of defeats at middleweight.
It was a chastening night for the Gorilla as he was dominated on the ground by Brunson and lost a one-sided fight to the 37-year-old who has seven losses on his record.
Till now slips to 18-4-1 but Bisping believes his MMA journey will still take him to UFC gold as his own career was hardly plain sailing as he found his own record at 28-7 before winning the middleweight title in his 36th professional fight.
BT Sport’s Adam Catterall tweeted: ‘There was plenty of times following @bisping career when we all thought it’s not meant to be, and look how that ended.
‘I hope @darrentill2 takes strength from that.’
Bisping replied: ‘I just told him exactly that. He knows. He’ll be back and he’ll be the champ one day.’
Till is certainly focussing on positives, posting a picture of Bisping with the UFC title and also current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira.
Defeat to Paul Felder in 2017 saw the Brazilian slip to 22-8(1) and worrying close to earning a ‘journeyman’ tag.
However, Do Bronx has since won nine fights on the spin and claimed the vacant strap at 155lbs in his last outings, stopping Michael Chandler in the second round.
Bisping also responded to Till’s Instagram post, writing: ‘Maximum respect my brother. Don’t need to say anything here, I told you how my thoughts. Chin up son.’
Oliveira also saw the post and looked to show some support to the man from Liverpool, tweeting: ‘Keep you head up, never give up! God knows everything. Return home, get back to the gym – train and dedicated yourself.
‘Hey @darrentill2 we’re here my ma’, if you need our support, lets train together.’
As for Brunson, he himself has turned his career around impressively late on, winning his last five fights and putting him a good spot for a shot at middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, a man who handed him his last loss in November 2018.
If not the champion, then Jared Cannonier – ranked number three at middleweight – could be next in line for Brunson, who was ranked #5 before beating Till.
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