UFC Welterweight fighter Darren Till burst onto the UFC scene in May of 2015. He came into his first bout against Wendell Oliveira known as the Liverpudlian who moved to Brazil to pursue his passion which was mixed martial arts.

The undefeated Till made his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 67, which was headlined by a welterweight scrap between Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves. With two possible future opponent headlining the card, Till wanted to make a statement, and that he did. Dispatching of Wendell Oliveira early in the second round.

In his second UFC bout, Till came up against his toughest test, and that man was Nicholas Dalby. After a successful first round, Till encountered a problem. “It was the tendon, it was all torn up inside.” Said Till. The 23-year-old was never going to quit, though, as he’s been through some incredibly tough times in his life. After a back and forth, three round war, the bout was declared a draw.

Till has been out for just under a year, and his road to recovery has been tough, but it hasn’t been all bad. “It’s been a long time off” said the Liverpudlian, “but I have had a good mental break from fighting.” Till confirmed he can’t wait to get back into the octagon, but understand everything takes time, “I’m going crazy to get back into the octagon, but everything takes time.”

Till is eager to get back in the cage and is hopeful of a return early in 2017, saying “Maybe January, that may be a good return date.”