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Dana White: We pushed Darren Till too soon

UFC president Dana White has been addressing the two-fight slide of English welterweight star Darren Till. Once the hottest prospect in the UFC with a 17-0-1 record, consecutive defeats has forced the Liverpool fighter to go back to the drawing board. Last year he lost against Tyron Woodley in a welterweight title fight and subsequently was defeated by Jorge Masvidal at UFC London in March. White suggests that fans should temper their expectations of Till – at least for now. As well as this, he takes partial blame for pushing Till too much too soon.

Speaking to ESPN, White said; “I think Till went back to the drawing board. He’s a young guy and after the win over Cowboy [Donald Cerrone], we might have pushed him a little too soon.”

Till was brutally knocked out by Jorge Masvidal at UFC London in March 2019. Image: mmafighting.com

Explaining how hype sometimes gets in the way of decision-making, White continued; “It happens sometimes when a guy gets that much steam behind him, you come in and beat a guy like Cowboy and boom, you immediately get bounced right up into the middle of the rankings and some people it’s perfect time, some people it’s a little too soon. That weight division is nasty It’s like murderer’s row in that top eight.”

Dana White is still confident that the Liverpool fan-favourite is able to compete at the very top of the welterweight division, though perhaps Till’s future lies at middleweight. Either way, White insists it’s time to expect less from Till until he is ready for it. “Let’s pump the brakes a little here. We’ll give him some time, look for a next opponent and see what’s next for him. Let him get back and work on the things he needs to work on, he’s going to be around.”

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