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Darren Till was at 182 lbs. Wednesday morning, 12 pounds above the limit he needs to hit by Friday morning. He won’t say the cut is going particularly well, but said he was also 182 the Wednesday before his fight with Donald Cerrone, a cut that ended up going smoothly. Via MMAFighting.com:
“So, we’ll see,” Till said. “Friday I’m not stepping on any heavier than 170. Hopefully under, so I can have me traditional Coke I’m used to having. We’ll see. But I’m not looking ahead — I’m not thinking about tomorrow, I’m not thinking about Friday. I’m thinking about today, open workouts.”
Till, who suffered serious issues ahead of his last fight with Stephen Thompson that ultimately saw him miss weight by 3 pounds, is more honest than most fighters, saying that a weight cut is never fun, and anyone who claims otherwise is lying.
“I’m never gonna say it’s a great cut, it’s always hard,” Till said. “But listen, I’m lean, I’m focused. Weight’s OK. I never want to stand here and say the weight is great, this has been the best weight cut. Because the fighters do that and I just don’t agree with it. It’s a lie. Weight’s not great. I don’t want to speak to anyone. I just want to get me things done. It’s business. Business is business. And Saturday is business, Friday is business. My life is this business.”
One thing Till doesn’t want questioned is his dedication to the sport.
“I’ve put my life into this, so speed bumps along the way,” Till sad. “Not making weight, you get all this attention for it. It’s like you’re the only fighter who’s missed weight in the division, in the whole of the UFC. … It’s a mistake on my part, but Friday all the talk will be done. No mother f*cker can ask me about weight again — he’s getting slapped.”
UFC 228 is this Saturday, as Till attempts to unseat reigning welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley, who looks to defend his title for the third time. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko is a huge favorite to defeat current flyweight champion Nicco Montano.
The Nike memes are going around, thanks to their sponsorship of Colin Kaepernick that has some very ‘triggered’ conservatives burning their Nike shoes and cutting their socks to ribbons. At least some of the meme ripoffs to the Nike catchphrase are very funny.
James Vick very politely asked Paul Felder for a fight, which looks like it will happen at 155 (my two cents would be, just fight at 170, it’s healthier)
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#respect to #jamesvick who wants to see my man @felderpaul aka the #irishdragon mix it up with Him at #ufc #Milwaukee for the #ufconfox Final? ⚔️ #paulfelder #irish #dragon #ufcmilwaukee #ufcwisconsin #roufusport #mma #lifestyle #fight #fighter #fighting #positivevibes #martialarts is #life
*Opens MMA Twitter* pic.twitter.com/tIeUA02xmZ— *Opens MMA Twítter* (@OpensMMATweet) September 5, 2018
This made me think of what Daniel Cormier’s career might have looked like if he was still in his athletic prime instead of his mid-30’s when he took up MMA
Cody Garbrandt is taking a break from the internet, and it seems like a healthy decision.
Cody Garbrandt has deactivated his social media accounts for now. Told me he wanted to detach, and that he's getting back in the zone.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 5, 2018
Not sure if this guy is 320 lbs, but fighting him clearly wasn’t the best decision for this guy.
Don’t try and fight a 320lb bouncer. pic.twitter.com/d65gIvxYVW— Only in America (@Crazzyintheusa) September 5, 2018
Tony Ferguson is smooth on the speed bag
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Khabib Nurmagomedov has dope headgear
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This is my headgear, he went with me a lot of battles , for many years, I love this guy and I call him my little bro Это мой шлем, и он защищает меня на спаррингах уже много лет и прошёл со мной очень много боев в зале, я называю его братишкой))))) #32days #ufc229 #morethenReady #Alhamdulillah
A reminder that a lot of decision making with the UFC happens behind closed doors.
Heard this morning from WME source that the Flash Entertainment sale took place more than one year ago. Not sure why it's just coming to light now.— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) September 5, 2018
Nick Newell gets it
You can not agree with what somebody is protesting & still agree with their right to do it.— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) September 4, 2018
I love that in America you can freely speak your mind & stand up for what you believe in even if others don't. pic.twitter.com/RO8cgweQtS
Jon Jones showed Mike Perry the garage where the pad magic happens
Dan Hooker vs. Edson Barboza should be good
In 1808 two Frenchmen, Monsieurs Granpree and Le Pique, had a duel in balloons over Paris. Le Pique shot first but missed his target. Granpree fired second and was successful. Parisians watched on as the balloon fell from the sky. They were fighting over a Mademoiselle Tirevit.— Pandora (@QIPandora) September 5, 2018
Fight the power, shoot rockets at the man.
This is incredible. A Chinese farmer has built his own rocket artillery system to fight back against enforced demolition. pic.twitter.com/HABTwQ6L3n— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) September 4, 2018
This little dog is a hypocrite!