Darren Till was last seen in action in the main event of UFC 228, suffering a second round submission loss to UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
A change was needed for Till to move on in his career and that is coming in the form of a move up a weight class to middleweight.
Till made the announcement of the weight class change in a post on Paddy Power:
“I’m a big dude for welterweight to be honest, so that’s probably going to be my last fight at that weight. Welterweight isn’t fully gone for me, but I’m going to be happy going up to middleweight now and I’ll be strong at that weight not having to cut as much weight. It’s not that I can’t make the weight. I’m just a big lad so I just have to be on such a strict, regimented diet and being honest, I don’t like doing it. People might say ‘he’s not disciplined enough’, but because I have to cut so much weight I can only eat the bare minimum of food and that’s not how I want to be training.”
The newly minted middleweight earned a record of 5--1-1 in the UFC Welterweight Division, picking up wins over Wendell De Oliveira Marques, Jessin Ayari, Bojan Velickovic, Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson. Till now moves to a weight class currently dominated by UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker, who is expected to defend the gold against Kelvin Gastelum in early 2019.