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Ben Askren wants Darren Till, Promises to ‘Beat His Ass, Make Him a Grown Man’

Ben Askren may not be a household name with casual fans yet, but that may change shortly, as the undefeated wrestler is on his way to the Ultimate Fighting Championship while his counterpart Demetrious Johnson heads to Askren’s old promotion, One Championship.
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And Now Darren Till & Ben Askren Have Traded Twitter Shots

Since news that Ben Askren could be heading to the UFC broke, the undefeated welterweight has been busy on Twitter, and that includes a fiery exchange with Darren Till.

ONE’s welterweight champ has traded tweets with Mike Perry, and “Funky” also had the back-and-forth with Till below (warning: explicit language).

This is just getting started…If you’re new to MMA, or only watch the UFC, and aren’t familiar with who Askren is, that’s likely going to change very quickly.

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Darren Till Remains Full of Confidence Despite Lopsided Loss at UFC 228

Darren Till entered his title fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight king Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 last month full of confidence, and that confidence remains undiminished despite his in-cage setback.
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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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UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

Matches To Make For ‘Woodley vs Till’ Main Card Winners

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) as it staged UFC 228 from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. And of course, after earning a low score on my preview prior to fight night, the event delivered with nine finishes, including four on the main card such as Tyron Woodley’s impressive submission victory over Darren Till (see it again here).

Winner: Tyron Woodley

Who He Should Fight Next: Colby Covington

Let’s now screw this one up UFC, as this is the fight to make. While I didn’t have a big problem with the promotion pegging Darren Till as “Chaos’s” replacement against Tyron, I would’ve preferred UFC wait a month for Colby to get ready.

Just to avoid a potential upset and ruin this potential matchup. While it’s not one that will shatter box office records, it’s one that needs to happen bases on their history and Colby’s non-stop chatter. It’s the chance for Woodley to shut him up once and for all, or for Covington to say, “told you so.”

Winner: Jessica Andrade

Who She Should Fight Next: Title shot vs Rose Namajunas

Jessica deserves it without a doubt, which won’t be what Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants to hear, but tough cookies. No way on earth does “JJ” deserve it after getting stomped twice by “Thug Rose” and winning one fight since. Jessica is on a three fight win streak and put a stamp on it by knocking out Karolina Kowalkiewicz. I really don’t have to make a strong argument for Andrade, she did that last night herself.

Winner: Zabit Magomedsharipov

Who He Should Face Next: Yair Rodriguez

I just want to see this fight, and since Zabit defeated Brandon Davis to secure his win streak (see it), I’d like to see the promotion re-book this fight, possibly for UFC 230 in New York. “ZaBeast” wants Jose Aldo or Chad Mendes next, and though I’d like to see those fights, too, I don’t seem them happening anytime soon. Match him up against Yair, and if he defeats him, then give him Mendes or Aldo.

Winner: Jimmie Rivera

Who He Should Face Next: Dominick Cruz

No, Cruz shouldn’t be in the title conversation, as he is coming off a loss and an extended hiatus due to injury. While it’s a tough break for Dominick, he needs to win another fight in order to earn shot at the title. Call me crazy, but it’s getting kind of old seeing the same three fighters take one another in Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Rivera was on the cusp of a title shot before Marlon Moraes cleaned his clock, so a win over Dominick after taking out John Dodson, will put him back in the picture. For Dominick, handing Rivera another defeat definitely puts him at the top of the list.

Winner: Abdul Razak Alhassan

Who He Should Face Next: Geoff Neal

Both men scored impressive knockouts in Dallas, and this fight just screams “fun.” Geoff and Abdul are riding a four an three fight win streaks, respectively, and are looking to take the leap into the top 15. While they have plenty of work to get there, this matchup will help their case. Both like to bang it out, and I honestly don’t see a reason for this fight to happen.

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UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 ‘Woodley vs. Till’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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