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.
Many fans believed it would be a close fight and that Till offered a legitimate threat to the throne of Woodley. However, it did not play out that way. Woodley produced a flawless performance on the night, not only finishing “The Gorilla” by second-round submission but also completely nullifying Till’s striking game with the 25-year-old landing only one strike on the champion.
Till recently spoke to his sponsors at Paddy Power and despite the one-sided loss, says his confidence has not wavered, as he always expected he’d get beaten at some point in his career.
“My confidence hasn’t changed or taken a knock and I’ll tell you why — when some guys are on top think they will never get beat, and then when they do they then lose their confidence because it was never something they thought would happen to them,” Till said. “I always knew that at some point I was going to get beat. When you look at all the greats, the Muhammad Alis, the Mike Tysons, the Triple Gs, they’re all the best fighters to have ever fought but they also have losses on their record. Having those losses didn’t take away from them being the best. Muhammad Ali had five losses. Does that mean he isn’t considered the greatest of all time? It certainly doesn’t, and in my opinion, he is and will always be the greatest of all time. I’m a very happy, content man at the moment and I’ll be back. You can guarantee that.”