If you haven’t heard, Darren Till missed weight for his UFC Liverpool-headlining showdown with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson by 3.5 pounds. The fight will go ahead as planned, so long as Till does not weigh any more than 188 pounds by 1:00pm BST tomorrow. Till will also surrender 30% of his purse to his foe.
Speaking to MMAjunkie after he hit the scales, Till explained why failed to make weight. While he’s making no excuses, and seems quite ashamed, he did divulge that his cut was joggled by a family emergency.
“There’s never no excuse for missing weight,” Till said of his weigh-in blunder. “I always say it: When you fight, and you lose a fight, there’s no excuse. You lose. Same with the battle with the scales. This time I lost, and there’s no excuse. I know that the UFC said why I missed and gave some information. When I started cutting weight I got an emergency call. It was a family matter. I just had to go to the hospital there and back. I only had five kilos (11 pounds) to go. Usually I have six, seven. I was running. I was OK. I was fine. And I tried to get in the sauna, tried to get in the steam, I tried to do a bath. It just wasn’t happening. I was knackered.”
Unfortunately, Till also cast some doubt on whether or not the fight will actually happen, evidently worried he won’t hit 188 pounds tomorrow.
“I missed weight, and I’m truly embarrassed by it, but the fight’s still on hopefully,” he said. “I’ve got to weigh in again tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. I know they’re very adamant I’ve got to weigh a certain weight. The ball’s in their court.”
He also explained that he offered his full purse to Thompson.
“Listen, I offered 100 percent of my purse. Money is no object. Money will come sooner than later. I offered 100 percent.”
What do you think of Darren Till’s weigh-in miss?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/26/2018.