All week long Darren Till said that he’s the best fighter in the world, and on Saturday Oct. 21 at UFC Gdansk, the undefeated welterweight looked like it, mowing through sixth-ranked welterweight Donald Cerrone in short order.
Till came out pressuring Cerrone early, using his sharp boxing game to keep the former lightweight title challenger on the back foot. With roughly a minute left in the round, Till rocked Cerrone with a clean one-two that back him up to the cage and had Cerrone covering up. From there it was formulaic as Till poured on the punches until Marc Goddard jumped in, saving Cerrone and announcing Till as the newest thing in the welterweight division.
That wasn’t all for Till, though. After the fight was over, Till got into a heated exchange with another rising welterweight contender, Mike Perry who was seated cageside, potentially setting up an incredible fight in the future.
Check out the reaction from MMA pros to Darren Till’s star-making performance, Perry’s through-the-cage trash talk, and the rest of UFC Gdansk below.
Darren Till KOs Donald Cerrone
Good to see Terry Etim in @darrentill2 tills corner. One of the pioneers of UKMMA— scott askham (@scottaskham1) October 21, 2017
Yes yes yes yes!!!! Get in there @darrentill2 !! Outstanding performance!!— scott askham (@scottaskham1) October 21, 2017
The boy went fishing for bass and got ahold of a shark. #BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) October 21, 2017
The ankle biter, barking outside the fence..... It's hard to take him serious. #UFCGdansk— Johnny Hollywood (@HollywoodCase) October 21, 2017
Big props to Cowboy for giving a up and comer a chance. Most guys in the top 10 are afraid to take chances like that against guys like us— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) October 21, 2017
Well Cowboy didn’t look like himself but Till looked relaxed and sharp #ufcgdansk WW has a new rising star— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) October 21, 2017
Think cowboy should move back to lightweight before he gets hurt or retire ♂️— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) October 21, 2017
Every guy that goes to war with lawler it feels like they lose a piece of themselves afterward— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) October 21, 2017
Karolina Kowalkiewicz defeats Jodie Esquibel
Great round for Kowalkiewicz. Could be 20-17 but for likely. 20-18 . #UFCGdansk— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 21, 2017
Karolina pressing and landing some beautiful knees!— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) October 21, 2017
Jan Blachowicz chokes out Devin Clark
Devin Clarke is a hell of a person. Donates a lot of time to work w/kids w/disabilities. He's taking on the home countrymen now #UFCGdansk— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) October 21, 2017
Wróciłem! Dziękuję za wsparcie! / I'm back! Thank you for all the support! pic.twitter.com/IafidcGCKF— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) October 21, 2017
Best of the rest
Emeev looks like he's trying to exorcize Alvey. "The power of Christ compels you!!" #UFCGadnsk— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) October 21, 2017
Everything happens for a reason and even with this loss my little girl adoption is within grasp you'll be home soon little one— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) October 21, 2017
I have the same reaction when my daughters are about to have a mini-meltdown. https://t.co/eXQiN87INg— Dave Sholler (@DaveSholler) October 21, 2017
Not sure what the future holds dont want to be retiring & coming back a thousand times. Will think about the futue & update.Thank u all— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) October 21, 2017