Darren Till: Loss comes to everyone, I’ll still be G.O.A.T.
Heading into the title fight vs. Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228, Darren Till (in)famously described the focus required during the camp.
“I’ve got a girlfriend who’s seven months pregnant, I don’t really care,” he said. “I’ve got a daughter in Brazil who I haven’t seen for a year, I don’t really care. I just care about legacy and greatness. That’s what I’m in this for.”
Till came up very short vs. Woodley, but at the post-fight press conference, the dream endured.
“It just hurts because I got there, I was nearly there to do what I set out to do, get that belt and be the greatest,” said Till, as transcribed by Alexander K. Lee for MMA Fighting. “I am still gonna be the greatest, I know that. I just spoke to Woodley backstage and he’s lost. Jon Jones has lost. Georges St-Pierre has lost. All the greats have lost. That’s my first loss tonight and just right now I’m still okay, but I’m just upset. There’s no sugarcoating it.”
“A loss has to come to everyone I believe, no matter what you do. There is certain people that do get away with that, Floyd Mayweather some other guys that get away without that loss. I’ve lost very few times in my life, you didn’t know me before MMA [when I was a kickboxer]. I lost three times, I actually lost for a world title in Canada and that was just horrible for me. It’s one of them things, I’ll face it head on. It’s all ups since I made my comeback next year, you’ve got to remember I only came back last year after an 18-month layoff. Fought in Sweden, Rotterdam, Poland, and then I fought in Liverpool, and now Texas. It’s been a ride for me. The losses came tonight.
“Listen, there will probably be another loss. But as I say, I am still going to be the greatest fighter of all time, I know I am. This doesn’t change anything. It’s just I can’t lie to you right now. I’m upset, I’m broken. I’m hurt tonight, I’m a hurt person.”
Till also reflected on what went wrong and cited overconfidence, improper warm up, and lack of a pre-fight ritual to reach the necessary mindset. Prior to the fight, Till had said he would win, defend the belt once, then move to middleweight. However, he said he made weight without issue for UFC 228, and would consult with his coaches before making a division decisions.