On Saturday night, in the main event of the action-packed UFC 228 card in Dallas, Texas, Liverpool’s Darren Till experienced the first loss of his MMA career as he was put down and submitted by UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Despite this first career setback, Till’s determination to become the greatest fighter ever has not diminished.
Speaking to the media post-fight, the Brit assured that he will still become the best ever — despite how much this first lost stings.
“It just hurts because I got there, I was nearly there to do what I set out to do, get that belt and be the greatest,” Darren Till said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I am still gonna be the greatest, I know that. I just spoke to Woodley backstage and he’s lost. Jon Jones has lost. Georges St-Pierre has lost.
“All the greats have lost. That’s my first loss tonight and just right now I’m still okay, but I’m just upset. There’s no sugarcoating it.”
Darren Till continued, referencing his previous losses in kickboxing competition.
“A loss has to come to everyone I believe, no matter what you do,” Till said. “There is certain people that do get away with that, Floyd Mayweather some other guys that get away without that loss. I’ve lost very few times in my life, you didn’t know me before MMA. I lost three times, I actually lost for a world title in Canada and that was just horrible for me. It’s one of them things, I’ll face it head on. It’s all ups since I made my comeback next year, you’ve got to remember I only came back last year after an 18-month layoff. Fought in Sweden, Rotterdam, Poland, and then I fought in Liverpool, and now Texas. It’s been a ride for me. The losses came tonight.
“Listen, there will probably be another loss. But as I say, I am still going to be the greatest fighter of all time, I know I am. This doesn’t change anything. It’s just I can’t lie to you right now. I’m upset, I’m broken. I’m hurt tonight, I’m a hurt person.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/9/2018.