Darren Till releases statement after UFC 282 loss: ‘I’m not retiring’
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Darren Till has lost five of his last six fights and hasn’t tasted victory since November 2019.
The 29-year old suffered his third consecutive defeat on Saturday at UFC 282, losing to Dricus du Plessis by submission in the third round. Till released a video statement on social media after the loss and has no plans of retirement.
“You don’t always get what you want in this life,” Till said. “It’s tough. I’m f—ing 29 now. I’ve been at the top of the sport since 2017, I entered in the UFC in 2015. I’m doing this video because I feel like I should do it now, the right time is now. I’m not retiring, this is not a retirement speech. I’m 29, that would be stupid to decide.”
“But, you know, I’m on a bit of a losing skid at the moment, I really am,” he continued. “I’m not finding my right way at the moment, and it’s crazy because when I’m in the gym sparring with the best guys in the world, I really am in my element, and then I step in the octagon and I just can seem to put things together. Then I have moments like the second round when I’m untouchable, and then certain things happen.”
Till indicated that he wants to fight next year, but wants time to ‘rethink stuff.’
“I just want to say whether you love me or hate me, I’m sorry,” he said. “I tried to put a show on, I never cut no corners. I do really train, maybe I train too much. I train like a f—ing man demented. The past 18 weeks I’ve given me all, and I’ve always given me all to this sport. So now, I don’t know what to do properly, but I think I’m going to have a little time off from the UFC, I don’t know, and just rethink stuff.”
“I’m not retired, I want to fight, I want to fight soon next year, but now I just want to spend Christmas with my family, have a good time with my friends, and everybody who supports me properly, my team back home.”
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