“We’re here my man”- Charles Oliveira and Derek Brunson send words of support for Darren Till following the Scouser’s defeat to Brunson
Charles Oliveira and Darren Till
Charles Oliveira, the UFC lightweight champion has offered words of support for Darren Till following the Liverpudlian’s loss to Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Vegas 36. Coming off a unanimous decision loss against Robert Whittaker in July 2020, Till was determined to get back on track. Having been pushed to number 7 in the middleweight rankings, Till knew that, a couple of wins will put him in the quest for the title.
However, he was not able to see off the surging Derek Brunson. Since dying his hair blonde, Brunson has been undefeated. With a winning streak of 5, Brunson made it loud and clear that he wanted the middleweight title shot next. Brunson got off to a great start against Till by smashing the Brit’s face in the very first round. Following a quiet second round, Brunson earned a submission victory due to a rear-naked choke to stamp his authority.
Following Till’s defeat, he was flooded with words of support. Given that he is relatively young (28), Till has quite a long way to go in his MMA career. UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira asked Till to keep his head up, and get back stronger. He also revealed that he would be there for him, if he needed any support.
“Keep you head up, never give up” – Charles Oliveira to Darren Till
Oliveira’s Tweet read, “Keep you head up, never give up! God knows everything. Return home, get back to the gym – train and dedicated yourself. Hey @darrentill2 we’re here my ma’, if you need our support, lets train together.“
Oliveira is currently expected to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 in December this year. It would be his first lightweight title defense. The Brazilian won the vacant lightweight title earlier this year, following his win over Michael Chandler at UFC 262. He became the first ever Brazilian to win the lightweight title since Rafael dos Anjos in mid-2010.
As for Till, he is currently winless in 2020 and 2021. Back to the drawing board for him. However, age is on his side, and has huge time to put his form back on track. And, he will be looking forward to doing exactly that.
Derek Brunson – “I feel bad for Till”
At the post-fight presser, Derek Brunson claimed that he felt bad for Till. He said: “I feel bad for Till, you know? I actually like the guy. He’s like a badass kid, who says like edgy things on Twitter, Instagram, but I think overall he is a good person…I think the guy can pull it together. It’s just the small things that he need to adjust, you know…If he can keep it on the feet, he can do a lot better.” [H/T FirstSportz.com]