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Nutritionist Says Till ‘Can Make 170 With Ease For Years To Come’

Darren Till may not have defeated UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley earlier this month at UFC 228, but the young contender still has a very bright future in the organization.

But where exactly should that future take place?

While Till is a proven title hunter at 170 pounds, the weight cut has not been kind to him. Blessed with a bigger frame better suited for the middleweight division, “Gorilla” has struggled to get his body down to welterweight standards. He did surprisingly come in at 169 pounds for his title fight opposite Woodley, but missed weight by 3.5 pounds for his main event clash with Stephen Thompson at UFC Liverpool back in May.

Till also weighed in at 176 pounds for his third Octagon appearance against Jessin Ayari back in 2017.

Despite his storied troubles with the cut down to welterweight, Till’s nutritionist, Eoghan Gallagher, believes the 25-year-old Englishman can continue to do it for years to come.

“[The weight cut] did go extremely well in the end. I was very confident [he would make weight] and I think he can make 170 with ease for years to come, it’s just all about what his preference is moving forward,” Gallagher told MMAFighting’s Peter Caroll.

Even though Till would most likely succeed at the middleweight level, he’s an absolute headache at 170 pounds. His big body, strong frame, and precise striking skills is good enough to defeat any top contender on any given night. Remember, many people were picking Till to defeat Woodley at UFC 228.

“Ideally, what I’d like to do moving forward is spend six to eight weeks with him in Liverpool in a much longer camp than this one, obviously this was a short-notice fight,” Gallagher said of Till’s UFC 228 camp. “I’d look to get the weight down earlier, get him a bit slimmer — a little bit less aggressive than I had to do it this time. I’d get the weight down slowly, making the cut in the end extremely easy.”

“This cut was super easy,” he continued. “The actual water cut itself did not take a significant amount of time. When he jumped on the scales and we saw 170, his teammate Mike Grundy and I were there, we were all together and it was a really emotional moment for us.

“We just hugged it out and we were like, ‘Wow’. Absolutely, Darren can make 170 with ease with the systems that we have in place.”

If that system is a prolonged solution to Till’s difficult cut down to 170 pounds then there is no reason for “Gorilla” to move up in weight. His loss to Woodley earlier this month was the first of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and not enough to completely wipe Till out of contention entering 2019.

However, that doesn’t mean UFC won’t push him up a division at the first sign of trouble. With so many fighters failing weight cuts before monster fights, the promotion can’t afford to play with fire anymore.

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Nutritionist: Darren Till Weighs 178 on Eve of UFC 228 Weigh-ins

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight No. 1 contender Darren Till is preparing for the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career as he takes on champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228 on Saturday night.
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Nutritionist: Darren Till Weighs 178 on Eve of UFC 228 Weigh-ins

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight No. 1 contender Darren Till is preparing for the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career as he takes on champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228 on Saturday night.
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Nutritionist: Darren Till Weighs 178 on Eve of UFC 228 Weigh-ins

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight No. 1 contender Darren Till is preparing for the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career as he takes on champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228 on Saturday night.
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Nutritionist: Darren Till Weighs 178 on Eve of UFC 228 Weigh-ins

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight No. 1 contender Darren Till is preparing for the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career as he takes on champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228 on Saturday night.
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Nutritionist: Darren Till Weighs 178 on Eve of UFC 228 Weigh-ins

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight No. 1 contender Darren Till is preparing for the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career as he takes on champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228 on Saturday night.
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Cris Cyborg questions nutritionist George Lockhart’s decision to have her take birth control pills before fight

On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Cris Cyborg said she needed to cut 24 pounds to make Saturday’s 141-pound catchweight fight against Lina Landsberg.

In her latest video blog, Cyborg is seen arguing with her nutritionist George Lockhart, considered one of the very best in the business, about his decision to have her take birth control pills during this cut.

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Cris Cyborg’s nutritionist says she can ‘absolutely’ get down to 135 pounds by December

Cris Cyborg’s nutritionist is confident he can get the women’s MMA star down to 135 pounds. And he thinks he can do it by December.

George Lockhart told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he believes Cyborg can make bantamweight within four to six months in a healthy manner, keeping her physical attributes intact. That would make a potential fight between Cyborg and Ronda Rousey at UFC 194 on Dec. 5 a possibility.

“If they want her to fight Dec. 5, it would be within the timeline,” Lockhart said. “It would be close, but she could definitely make 135 before Dec. 5.”

Lockhart said for the first time Cyborg’s team actually asked him what he thought about her making 135 last week. Lockhart told them she could “absolutely” do it.

“A lot of people don’t have the athleticism or the conditioning or the mindset to do this,” Lockhart said. “She does. I don’t see it being a problem at all.”

The hard part, Lockhart said, is keeping Cyborg’s considerable strength, power and athleticism at 135 pounds. But he believes it’s definitely possible. During her last camp, Cyborg would go for 7-to-10-mile runs on her days off, which Lockhart said showed him something about her motivation.

“Cris has this new fire about her,” Lockhart said. “She really wants this Ronda fight.”

The UFC and Rousey have said over and over again that the fight won’t happen unless Cyborg, whose real name is Cris Justino, makes 135 pounds. Rousey has maintained that if Cyborg can make 145 using steroids (she tested positive in 2011), then she can make 135 without them.

On Friday, Tito Ortiz, a Cyborg advisor, told Inside MMA that the UFC offered Cyborg the Rousey fight on Dec. 5 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. UFC president Dana White denied that in an interview with Yahoo’s Kevin Iole.

Rousey is still likely to fight Miesha Tate next. But a bout between Rousey and Cyborg has become one the UFC must put together — it could be one of the biggest fights in promotion history. Rousey has become a transcendent star and her stock rose even higher when she knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 190 on Aug. 1. Only one person (Tate) has gone past the first round with Rousey.

Meanwhile, Cyborg is her best — and arguably only — real challenge. Justino is currently the dominant Invicta FC women’s featherweight champion, but her contract is with the UFC due to the hope of putting together that Rousey megafight. Justino has not lost since 2005 and Rousey is undefeated in her career.

Lockhart said that not only could Cyborg get down to 135, he believes he can get her back up to her normal fighting weight of 168-170 pounds one day later without an IV.

“That’s my goal,” Lockhart said. “My goal is to make her better, faster, more explosive at 135. … If anything, she’s going to fight exactly the way she does at 145.”

Lockhart said Cyborg would need time to do it little by little to preserve her health. But December is within reach.

“The more time we have the better, obviously,” Lockhart said. “But we could get her down there within four to six months.”

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