Michael Bisping believes Darren Till needs to make some changes and that starts with going back down to welterweight.
Till returned to the Octagon on Saturday at UFC Vegas 36 against Derek Brunson. It was an intriguing matchup and a fight many fans were looking forward to.
However, when the fight started, it was clear that Brunson was the better fighter as he dominated Till on the ground in the first two rounds. In the third round, Till appeared to rock Brunson but the savvy veteran got him down and eventually got the submission.
Following the loss, many wondered what the future for Till holds as he is now 1-4 in his last five. For Bisping, he believes that the future should be going back down to welterweight.
“It’s another loss on his record and it’s further halting his progression to becoming champion of the world,” Bisping told BT Sport. “But what I will say is this in terms of encouragement: He’s only 28 years old. I had many ups and downs throughout my career and maybe some tweaks. I’m not suggesting he leaves Team Kaobon, but maybe go somewhere where they have a heavier influence on wrestling, certainly on jiu-jitsu as well.
“With absolute respect, the ground game could have been a little better tonight,” Brunson continued. “No shame in the takedowns – Derek Brunson is a strong wrestler. He’s built his entire career on that. But I thought when it hit the ground, (Till) could have done some things a little better.”
Darren Till is now 1-2 at middleweight and perhaps he does think about dropping back down to welterweight. However, at welterweight, he was having trouble making weight and even missed weight against Stephen Thompson. Yet, when he fought for UFC gold against Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 he actually came in at 169-pounds proving he has what it takes to make the weight.