One of the big worries ahead of UFC 228 was that main event title challenger Darren Till might not make the 170-pound limit for his fight with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. The Brit had missed weight previously, after all, most recently for his May welterweight bout with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
In the end, of course, Darren Till did even better than hit the 170-pound limit for welterweight title fights. He surpassed it, tipping the scales with a pound to spare at 169 pounds, instantly silencing his legions of doubters and skeptics.
In the opinion of Darren Till’s nutritionist Eoghan Gallagher this cut down to 170 is something the fighter can probably pull off “easily” for years to come.
“[The weight cut] did go extremely well in the end,” Gallagher told Peter Carroll on the latest episode of Eurobash (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I was very confident [he would make weight] and I think he can make 170 with ease for years to come, it’s just all about what his preference is moving forward.”
“We are absolutely confident that when you put in a system that looks to achieve goals over a certain period of time and don’t leave everything to the last minute, like a lot of people do, [Till can make the weight],” he added. “I only got to work with Darren [for a short period of time]. I met him and 20 days later he was 169 pounds, which was significantly less than what I got him at.”
Gallagher added that Darren Till’s weight cuts would become even more straightforward if, instead of cramming his cut into the final weeks of his training camp, he began managing his weight earlier.
“Ideally, what I’d like to do moving forward is spend six to eight weeks with him in Liverpool in a much longer camp than this one, obviously this was a short-notice fight,” he said. “I’d look to get the weight down earlier, get him a bit slimmer — a little bit less aggressive than I had to do it this time. I’d get the weight down slowly, making the cut in the end extremely easy.”
Do you think Darren Till should stay in the UFC welterweight division?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/13/2018.