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“This is not a retirement speech”

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UFC star Darren Till plans to take a break after his third-round loss last weekend.

The Gorilla hoped to get his MMA career back on track at UFC 282, but ultimately fell short against Dricus du Plessis at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

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Until he retired in round 3 of UFC 282

It was just the last loss in Till’s MMA career, which has crumbled in recent years following a series of serious injuries, including several to his knee, which was again damaged against du Plessis.

Heading into UFC 282, the 29-year-old was on a two-fight losing skid and had recorded just one win in his last five UFC fights – a split decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in 2019.

After the fight, Till insisted he wasn’t done with fighting but would be taking a break from the UFC, saying, “I’m not retired, it’s not not a retirement speech. I’m 29, it would be stupid to decide.

“I’m a bit of a loser right now, I really am. I’m not finding my voice right now, and it’s crazy because when I’m in the gym with the best guys in the world, I’m really in my element, and then I step into the octagon and I can just seem to put things together.

“Now I don’t know what to do right, but I think I’m going to have some time off from the UFC, I don’t know, and just rethink things.

“I’m not retired, I want to fight, I want to fight next year, but now I just want to spend Christmas with my family, have a good time with my friends and everyone who supports me, my team at home.

Till had his moments against the South African brawler and their fight was the best of the night at UFC 282, he’s just disappointed to come away without the win.

“I hope you enjoyed the fight and everything, it was a bit of a war,” he added.

“Well done to Dricus. I felt like I had him there, I was making him change. He was very scared to stand up and kick, that’s why he was shooting for them.

Du Plessis will now be aiming for UFC gold and suggested Till move back down to welterweight where he first found success in MMA before struggling to hit the 170-pound limit and move up a division.



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