Darren Till’s shot at UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley did not go the way he planned. Instead, the young British challenger was dropped by Woodley in the second round, and quickly submitted with a D’arce choke thereafter.
Speaking to his cage-side broadcast partners Joe Rogan and Jon Anik shortly after this fight concluded, UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier detailed what he believed was a major tactical error on Darren Till’s part.
Right before Till was dropped by Woodley, he uncorked a combination that very few fighters can pull off. In Daniel Cormier’s eyes, only former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ Conor McGregor should ever attempt this combination, because he’s the only one that seems to be able to land it without paying dearly for it.
Watch Cormier explain Darren Till’s error, which he says also cost Chuck Liddell in his infamous knockout loss to Rashad Evans, in the video below.
“Darren Till threw one shot,” Daniel Cormier said. “When he finally decided to go — I’ve always hated this combination. The only person that should ever throw a lead uppercut, punch down the middle is Conor McGregor. He’s the only person that has successfully done that time and time again. Conor goes uppercut, straight left hand. Everybody else: stop! No I’m serious. Everybody else, stop! Chuck Liddell almost got killed against Rashad Evans because [he did] that. And now look at Darren Till! You can not throw that. It’s a flawed technique. Because when you do this, and you’re loading that counter-hand, when you’re loading that second punch… You are so exposed [to the counter].”
What do you think of this interesting analysis from Daniel Cormier? Was Darren Till wrong to throw this combination? Join the conversation in the comments section below.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/17/2018.