Having shared the octagon with Darren Till for nearly fifteen minutes, Dricus du Plessis believes the Englishman has no future at 185 pounds.
The former KSW world champion moved to 4-0 in the octagon by submitting Till in the third round during their UFC 282 main card bout in Las Vegas.
Speaking to the media after the bout, du Plessis provided his honest appraisal of Till as a Middleweight.
“I think Darren proved he’s an amazing fighter, but if he wants to have some success I truly believe he needs to go back to fighting at 170 pounds,” the South African commented (via MMA Junkie). “I’m not trying to throw hate at Darren Till. I have a lot of respect for him, but he’s not strong enough or big enough to fight at 185 pounds.”
Indeed, Till fell Saturday night to 0 – 3 in his last three fights under the UFC spotlight. His most recent win was a split decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum in November 2019.
As a Welterweight, however, it was a different story. In a span of three years he amassed an undefeated record of 5 – 0 – 1 that saw him challenge for the division title against Tyron Woodley on the UFC 228 headliner.
Till, for the time being, plans to pause his MMA career.