With much of the talk in the lead-up to UFC 228 surrounding Darren Till’s ability to make the 170 lbs mark, ‘The Gorilla’ has provided an update as to his current weight.
Speaking to assembled media at the PPV events open workout on Wednesday, the welterweight title challenger spoke about his preparations for this Saturday’s bout with Tyron Woodley.
“182 [lbs], this morning,” Till said when asked how much he currently weighed. “We’ll see. Friday I’m not stepping on any heavier than 170. Hopefully under, so I can have me traditional Coke I’m used to having. We’ll see. But I’m not looking ahead — I’m not thinking about tomorrow, I’m not thinking about Friday. I’m thinking about today, open workouts.
“I’ve put my life into this, so speed bumps along the way,” Till continued. “Not making weight, you get all this attention for it. It’s like you’re the only fighter who’s ever missed weight in the division, in the whole of the UFC… It’s a mistake on my part, but Friday all the talk will be done. No m**********r can ask me a question about weight again — he’s getting slapped.”
When asked a follow-up about where his current weight ranks amongst previous cuts, Till offered a welcome comparison.
“That’s the same as I was…. [when] I fought ‘Cowboy’ [Cerrone],” Till responded – a fight he weighed in at championship weight. “I’m never gonna say it’s a great cut, it’s always hard. But listen, I’m lean, I’m focused. Weight’s OK. I never want to stand here and say ‘the weight is great, this has been the best weight cut’. Because the fighters do that and I just don’t agree with it. It’s a lie. Weight’s not great. I don’t want to speak to anyone. I just want to get me things done. It’s business. Business is business. And Saturday is business, Friday is business. My life is this business.”