Darren Till has made official his move up to middleweight and he’ll head straight into a tough fight with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 in New York City on November 2nd.
The 26-year-old is coming off a brutal knockout loss in his last welterweight outing against Jorge Masvidal back in March.
That was his second loss in a row after previously having coming up short in an attempt to seize the title from Tyron Woodley last year, losing out by submission.
This was all a new experience for the UK star as he’d never lost a fight before in 18-fight career up until that point, so it’s been a shock to the system, and together with having had repeated weight issues at 170lbs, that’s resulted in his decision to step up a division.
Now he’s going to be going up against one of his next weight classes top contenders, with Gastelum currently being ranked No.4 at 185bs after losing out to Israel Adesanya in an interim title fight back in April.
Before that Gastelum had picked up big wins over Michael Bisping and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza though.
Till vs. Gastelum joins a UFC 244 card that is expected to be headlined by a welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington, though it’s not been officially announced yet.