Darren Till is unsure about what division his future lies in, but his nutritionist, Eoghan Gallagher, is confident that “The Gorilla” can make 170 “with ease for years” if he plans to continue as a welterweight.
Gallagher was tasked with one of the most high profile weight cuts in recent memory and passed the test with flying colors when Till hit the scales at 169 pounds on Friday for his title fight with champion, Tyron Woodley.
The nutritionist had no hesitation claiming that Till could safely hit the welterweight mark for the foreseeable future based on the work he did with the Liverpudlian ahead of UFC 228.
Gallagher underlined that Till would ultimately decide what division his future lies in following his second-round loss to Woodley.
“[The weight cut] did go extremely well in the end,” Gallagher told Peter Carroll on the latest episode of Eurobash. “I was very confident [he would make weight] and I think he can make 170 with ease for years to come, it’s just all about what his preference is moving forward.”
Famed nutritionist George Lockhart, who Gallagher achieved his certification with, remarked that Conor McGregor could have remained at featherweight following UFC 194, following concerns that the Irishman had trouble making 145-pounds.
Although there were similar concerns when it came to Till making the welterweight mark in Dallas after two misses under the UFC banner, Gallagher is adamant that with the right system in place, Till would have no problem continuing his career at welterweight.
“We are absolutely confident that when you put in a system that looks to achieve goals over a certain period of time and don’t leave everything to the last minute, like a lot of people do, [Till can make the weight],” he said. “I only got to work with Darren [for a short period of time]. I met him and 20 days later he was 169 pounds, which was significantly less than what I got him at.”
Gallagher is confident that Till’s weight cuts would become even easier if he could spend some time with him in Liverpool ahead of his next fight.
“Ideally, what I’d like to do moving forward is spend six to eight weeks with him in Liverpool in a much longer camp than this one, obviously this was a short-notice fight. I’d look to get the weight down earlier, get him a bit slimmer — a little bit less aggressive than I had to do it this time. I’d get the weight down slowly, making the cut in the end extremely easy.”
Again, Gallagher underlined how easy Till’s weight cut was for UFC 228.
“This cut was super easy. The actual water cut itself did not take a significant amount of time. When he jumped on the scales and we saw 170, his teammate Mike Grundy and I were there, we were all together and it was a really emotional moment for us. We just hugged it out and we were like, ‘Wow’. Absolutely, Darren can make 170 with ease with the systems that we have in place,” he said.
Check out the latest episode of Eurobash podcast below. MMA Fighting’s Peter Carroll is joined by former Cage Warriors flyweight champion and UFC veteran Neil Seery, and Off The Ball’s Niall McGrath to discuss all of the recent developments on the European MMA scene. The Eoghan Gallagher interview begins at 24:00.