Darren “Gorilla” Till, 26, of Liverpool, Merseyside, England was one of the winners at “UFC 244.” It was his sixth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 12 mixed martial arts bouts, the UFC held “UFC 244” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on November 2, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Till competed in the middleweight division against Kelvin Gastelum, 28, of Yuma, Arizona, USA.
Kevin MacDonald served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the middleweight bout was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 7-30, 29-28 and 30-27.
In the end, MacDonald raised the hand of Till. This marked the first time the Liverpool native won a UFC fight via split decision.
“You could come to me tomorrow and tell me I’m fighting the heavyweight champ and I’ll do it,” Till said in his post-fight interview. “I know I’ll go in there and probably get put in a coma but I’ll fight him because I’m a man and a true fighter. I am a BMF.”
Including England and the U.S., eight countries were represented at “UFC 244.” The others were Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland and Suriname.
Till solely represent England. Gastelum was one of the 15 fighters who represented the U.S.
Winning at “UFC 244” improved the professional MMA record of Till to 18 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Gastelum now has 16 wins, 5 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
Competing professionally since 2013, Till joined the UFC in 2015. The first five opponents he defeated in the promotion were Wendell Oliveira, Jessin Ayari, Bojan Velickovic, Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson.
In the main event of “UFC 244,” Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 34, of Miami, Florida, USA and Nate Diaz, 34, of Stockton, California, USA competed in the welterweight division. The former won via technical knockout due to doctor stoppage and earned the BMF belt presented by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Here is the post-fight interview of Joe Rogan with Till in the octagon: