It’s been a rough eight months for Darren Till.
The UFC welterweight’s latest woes are with the law rather than an opponent. Till landed in headlines after he was accused of trashing a hotel room and stealing a cab.
The incident reportedly took place in Spain, and the room ransacking reportedly took place with four other British tourists. As for the taxi part of the story, Till is accused of driving off in the vehicle as the driver was putting Till’s luggage in the trunk.
Till was arrested in Tenerife, Canary Islands, on April 18. Reports state the 26-year-old and his friends had to reimburse the hotel for over 8,500 euros, which equates to $9,570 USD.
Till and his team has been quiet about the incident. However, the entire situation shows he may be dealing with a lot of difficult emotions and towing a dangerous line as a result. Last month, Till admitted to losing himself over the past year and said he hadn’t been as focused on his craft as he could have.
Given his recent career history, it is understandable. In mid-2018, he was on top of the world. With 17 victories and no defeats, he had fought his way to the top of the welterweight division. Many had him pegged as the uncrowned champion, a sentiment strengthened thanks to his dominant performances over Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson.
However, his title shot at September’s UFC 228 didn’t go his way. Till barely landed a strike, and was dropped by a punch then submitted by then-champ Tyron Woodley. It was his first loss, and coming so close to the greatest prize in the sport, and missing it, had to sting.
In a video on ESPN MMA, Till confessed the loss to Woodley was like a thorn in him. Last month, Till was given a chance at redemption in front of his home crowd in England. He took on Jorge Masvidal, and in the early going, Till seemed to be back to his old self.
He dropped Masvidal with a punch and maintained control throughout the first round. However, Masvidal rallied and KO’d Till stiff in what’s an early candidate for KO of the year. Two losses in a row, the second in front of his home crowd, is a big fall to take.
Maybe the incident in Spain was merely a case of young men having a little too much fun and getting carried away. However, it is fair to say Till should be careful not to go down a bad path. Other fighters like Jon Jones and Conor McGregor have had repeated problems with the law, and such behavior does not bode well in the long term.
Maybe some time off is the right move for the young fighter. He has gotten a lot of experience in a short time. Back in 2013, the year he debuted in MMA, he fought a staggering eight times – or one fight every 1.5 months.