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Dana White admits UFC ‘may have pushed’ Darren Till too soon

UFC welterweight Darren Till is currently on a two-fight losing streak. After being stopped by then-champion Tyron Woodley in the UFC 228 headliner, Till was viciously knocked out by Jorge Masvidal earlier this year at UFC London. 

In a recent interview with ESPN, UFC president Dana White said he felt the promotion deserved to take some of the blame for what’s transpired with 26-year-old Till’s career.

“I think Till went back to the drawing board,” White said. “He’s a young guy. After the win over (Donald Cerrone), we may have pushed him too soon. It happens sometimes when a guy gets that much steam behind him. Pump the breaks a little here. Let him get back and work on the things he needs to work on. He’s going to be around.”

White also believes Till’s recent struggles are a result of both an emphatic UFC breakthrough fight against “Cowboy” and the stacked nature of the 170-pound division.

“You come in and beat a guy like ‘Cowboy,’ and boom, you immediately get bounced right up into the middle of the rankings,” White said. “(For) some people it’s the perfect time and (for) some people (it’s) a little soon. That weight division is nasty. It’s like murderers row in that top eight.”

According to White, the UFC doesn’t have a specific time, place or opponent in mind for Till’s next fight.

“We’ll give him some time, look for a next opponent, and see what’s next for him,” White said.

It’s no secret “The Gorilla” is a massive welterweight who cuts a tremendous amount of weight to make the 170-pound limit. The Brit has openly considered a move up to middleweight. No one is sure when or if he will move up, not even his boss.

“That I don’t know,” White said when he was asked if Till would make the ascent up to 185 pounds for his next outing.

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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