Darren Till Has Been Released By UFC At His Request

UK star Darren Till is no longer in the UFC after requesting to be released this week, but the 30-year-old has suggested it might only be a temporary break.

“What’s happening everyone, Me, Dana & Hunter are still cool as f*ck,” Till wrote on a Twitter post that was short on specifics about the reasons for his decision.

“I asked UFC 2 remove me just 2 sort some other shit for the foreseeable. They happily agreed to release me out of contract which I appreciate.

“I’m not going anywhere, got big plans to execute & I’ll be back. 🦍”

Till has suffered a major slump in form over the past five years that’s in stark contrast to his early success in the UFC, which had seen him go six-fights undefeated in the promotion by the summer of 2018, taking his career record at the time to an unbeaten 17-0-1.

However, since then Till has lost five of his last six fights, starting with an unsuccessful attempt to take the welterweight title from Tyron Woodley, losing out by a second round submission finish.

Till was then KO’d by Jorge Masvidal in his next fight, before repeated weight-cutting issues forced what would prove to be an ill-fated move up to middleweight.

Till did narrowly win his first fight at 185lbs against Kelvin Gastelum by split decision in 2019, but it’s been all downhill since then with a decision loss to Robert Whittaker and submission losses to Derek Brunson and Dricus du Plessis.

In addition to that, Till has had his troubles outside of the Octagon too over the years, including being arrested while on Tenerife on holiday in 2019 for trashing a hotel room and stealing a taxi, while last year he was fined in Sweden for drink-driving.

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