André Muniz Targets Till Clash In England Or Ranked Opponent In Brazil

UFC middleweight contender André Muniz has pitched two potential locations and opponents for his first Octagon appearance of 2022.

Muniz has quickly developed into one of the most promising rising 185lbers and one of the most dangerous men in the U…

André Muniz, Darren Till

UFC middleweight contender André Muniz has pitched two potential locations and opponents for his first Octagon appearance of 2022.

Muniz has quickly developed into one of the most promising rising 185lbers and one of the most dangerous men in the UFC on the ground. “Sergipano,” a 3rd-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Otávio Duarte, is 4-0 on MMA’s biggest stage, a record that includes three armbar submissions.

After back-to-back wins on Dana White’s Contender Series, Muniz earned an opportunity in the UFC, one that he has grabbed with both hands; hands that are capable of some terrifying things when they get hold of a limb.

After starting on the right track with a decision triumph against Antônio Arroyo and showcasing his submission skills in the UFC for the first time in his victory against Bartosz Fabi?ski, the Brazilian went from prospect to serious contender in his third appearance.

Muniz was matched up with the legendary Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza, regarded as one of the best submission grapplers in the promotion’s history, at UFC 262 last May. In an incredible performance, Muniz sunk in a unique armbar in the opening round, one that brutally (and audibly) snapped the arm of his compatriot.

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Muniz Targets Home Crowd Or Hostile Crowd

After a clash against fellow rising middleweight Dricus Du Plessis fell through, Muniz secured his second win of 2021 at UFC 269 against 13-fight promotional veteran Eryk Anders. How did he do it? You guessed it, with an armbar.

Ranked #13 at 185 pounds, Muniz will be hoping to break into the top 10 in 2022 and maybe even stake his claim for a shot at divisional gold. With that in mind, he knows what he wants from the UFC next.

“I hope that now, with these submissions (against Souza and Anders), that the UFC will give me a top 10 or even a top five (opponent),” Muniz told MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn. “I’d like to end the year in a top-five position. Maybe Darren Till.”

Muniz went on to suggest he’s hoping for a clash with “The Gorilla” in the Liverpudlian’s home country. The UFC is reportedly targeting the March 19 card as its return to London, England. While a host of European names and UK stars have had matchups booked for that date, it still lacks a main event. Perhaps the promotion will go down the Muniz vs. Till route.

If that doesn’t come to fruition, Muniz has his sights ready to divert to another international venture for the UFC, this time to his own home nation. Reports suggest the promotion is targeting a return to Brazil for a pay-per-view on May 7. Muniz said it would be “amazing” to fight in Rio de Janeiro against an opponent ranked higher than him. He named top-10 stalwart Uriah Hall as a potential foe.

“If I can’t hook them to put me against Darren Till in England, it would be great, it would be amazing to fight in Rio(de Janeiro) against somebody ranked ahead of me. Who knows, maybe a Uriah Hall or somebody like that. That would be amazing.”

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Some fighters get excited by the prospect of a delivering a winning-performance in front of their home crowd and making the walk to the Octagon with fanfare and cheers. Others relish in the chance to spoil a homecoming in an opponent’s backyard and walk to the cage amidst a chorus of boos.

Muniz’s 2022 targets are ambidextrous in that regard…

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Darren Till Gives Reminders To Those Who Complain About Fighter Pay

Darren Till is giving the other fighters of the UFC a little financial lesson.

Darren Till is an outspoken guy. He is loud, and his candidness has earned him many fans. Till’s latest rant is about fighter pay.

This topic has been trending late…

Darren Till

Darren Till is giving the other fighters of the UFC a little financial lesson.

Darren Till is an outspoken guy. He is loud, and his candidness has earned him many fans. Till’s latest rant is about fighter pay.

This topic has been trending lately after many fighters on the UFC roster have been asking for more bonuses and better pay. For Till, he thinks the fighters are getting plenty and stated a few facts he thinks compensates for the contracts fighters receive. (h/t Pundit Arena)

“People seem to forget that we’ve got a 20 million dollar facility there open for all UFC fighters with food, with nutrition, with strength training, with anything you want,” Till told The MMA Hour. “If you want to sleep there I’m pretty sure you could and I stayed there for three months and I was treated like a god by the UFC team, Dana and Hunter.”

Some former UFC fighters have been saying that they are making more money outside the UFC than there were while they were under contract with the organization. Other newer UFC fighters are begging for performance bonuses whenever they can.

Even the biggest names such as Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou have been through contract negotiation disagreements with the UFC brass this year. Outsider Jake Paul has been one of the biggest advocates for MMA fighter pay discrepancies.

“Obviously, there’s flaws in this game for fighters but before you get on and start criticizing the UFC or whatever, just remember what you’ve got at your feet,” Till explained.

The UFC performance institutes are there in order to help the UFC fighters under contract live their best lives. The locations in Las Vegas and China are meant to help fighters negotiate weight cuts, receive bodywork, and nutrition. Till feels that the luxuries and accommodations at these institutes are making up for any perceived lack of pay per fight.

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Darren Till Loves Covington’s ‘Act’ Because It ‘Upsets So Many People’

While many do not like the schtick of Colby Covington, Darren Till does not feel the same.

Till is known for having an off-kilter sense of humor, which has gotten him into trouble on more than one occasion. Covington is not too dissimilar to that, …

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While many do not like the schtick of Colby Covington, Darren Till does not feel the same.

Till is known for having an off-kilter sense of humor, which has gotten him into trouble on more than one occasion. Covington is not too dissimilar to that, with his outlandish behavior dividing MMA fans around the world, leaving some to criticize his comments and others embracing the schtick.

Speaking on Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast, Till explained that he fell into the latter category, enjoying the way Covington acts. Although, it is not just because he finds it funny. He also enjoys the way that the top welterweight contender is able to get under people’s skins and offend them in ways that he aspires to himself.

“I mean, I love Colby, I love his act, I love his fighting style. Striker-wise, I don’t think he’s the best striker, but I think he’s a phenomenal fighter. I’m a fan… I see past all the act and everything and you know what, mate? I f*cking think it’s absolutely hilarious. You know why? Because it’s upsets so many people and I just think, ‘Wow,'” Till said (h/t LowKickMMA).

It goes without saying that a lot of people do not share the same ideology as Darren Till when it comes to the schtick of Colby Covington. To be fair to those concerns, he has said some things that are, at best, a little risqué; and at worst, crossing lines that some feel should not be crossed in a competitive format.

Love him like Till or hate him like Jorge Masvidal and many others, there is simply no denying the skills that Covington possesses. Considering the fact that he is the only person to come anywhere near beating welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the UFC, on two different occasions no less, makes him one of the best 170lb fighters in the world, regardless of the things he says.

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Darren Till: Oliveira Would Beat Any LW In The World, Including Khabib

Darren Till believes Charles Oliveira would beat Khabib Nurmagomedov after he cemented himself as the UFC’s top lightweight on Saturday night.

In the main event of UFC 269, Oliveira defended his lightweight strap for the first time as he submitted …

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Darren Till believes Charles Oliveira would beat Khabib Nurmagomedov after he cemented himself as the UFC’s top lightweight on Saturday night.

In the main event of UFC 269, Oliveira defended his lightweight strap for the first time as he submitted Dustin Poirier in the third round. In the lead-up to the fight, many claimed Poirier was the real lightweight champ after the Brazilian won the vacant title by knocking out Michael Chandler.

Yet, Oliveira proved just how good he is as he was showed off his durable and then submitted Poirier to defend his belt. The victory extended his winning streak to 10 fights. For Darren Till, he believes Oliveira is the best lightweight and would beat Nurmagomedov.

“I know what I possess inside me. I know why all these people believe in me and why I should believe in myself, because of how f*cking good I know I am,” Till said to MMAFighting. “That’s all it is, a few little tweaks and a few little adjustments and I’m right back there. Trust me, I’ll be right back there breaking records and beating all the best. To take example by Charles Oliveira, look again at the weekend.

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“He was the underdog going into the fight, and you can ask any c**t, I love Dustin Poirier, I’ve known the guy for years, he’s a great guy,” Till continued. “But anyone who asked me, I would say, ‘Oliveira’s gonna win the fight.’ I tell you mate, he’s the best lightweight on the planet right now, including Khabib. He’s the best lightweight on the planet, trust me.”

Although Darren Till believes Charles Oliveira is better than Khabib Nurmagomedov, unfortunately, at this time it won’t ever be proven. “The Eagle” is retired and it seems certain he won’t ever come back again. However, if Oliveira continues to win, there is no question that Till won’t be the only fighter to think “Do Bronx” would beat Nurmagomedov.

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Darren Till Admits Interest In Facing “Ugly Motherf*cker” Uriah Hall

After being called out by Uriah Hall multiple times, UFC middleweight contender Darren Till has admitted he’s interested in a fight with “Prime Time.”

Till was last in action at UFC Vegas 36 in September. After going 1-1 at middleweight with a debu…

Uriah Hall, Darren Till

After being called out by Uriah Hall multiple times, UFC middleweight contender Darren Till has admitted he’s interested in a fight with “Prime Time.”

Till was last in action at UFC Vegas 36 in September. After going 1-1 at middleweight with a debut win against Kelvin Gastelum and a main event decision setback to former champion Robert Whittaker, “The Gorilla” hoped to stake his claim for a title shot against divisional veteran Derek Brunson.

Instead, Till fell to his fourth defeat in five fights, and did so in devastating fashion. Inside Las Vegas’ Apex, the Englishman was dominated by Brunson, who’s firmly escaped gatekeeper status and become a genuine contender. He seemingly secured his place in a title eliminator against Jared Cannonier by submitting Till in the third round.

Till Looks To Bounce Back in 2022

Once considered a sure-fire future welterweight champion, defeats to Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal saw Till pursue success at middleweight instead. Now with consecutive losses at 185 pounds, the future is uncertain for the Liverpool native. Nevertheless, “The Gorilla” hasn’t lost confidence and believes he’ll bounce back in his next appearance.

While his opponent is yet to be decided, top-10 middleweight veteran Uriah Hall has made his desire to challenge Till clear on social media. The Jamaican-born American saw his own chance to break into the title conversation slip away earlier this year when Sean Strickland snapped his four-fight win streak in the UFC Vegas 33 main event.

During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Till addressed the rumors surrounding his return. The 29-year-old suggested he could feature on the March UFC Fight Night Event that is expected to take place in London. He also acknowledged Hall’s callouts, admitting the idea of facing the #9-ranked “Prime Time” is interesting to him.

“There’s a massive chance… There’s a big chance I’ll be fighting in London. We’ll see what happens with it and who it’s against. I know Uriah called me out. Let’s just see mate. I can’t say too much… Yeah, I’m interested (in facing Hall). I think he’s a good fighter. I think he’s an ugly motherfucker, but he’s not a bad fighter. Whatever, let’s see mate. I’ve got options.”

If the bout does get booked to headline the March 19 card in London, Till will be joining a host of other British fighters on the card. That includes Jack Shore, Mike Grundy, Molly McCann, and the debuting Muhammad Mokaev.

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Darren Till: Charles Oliveira Is ‘The best Lightweight On The planet’

Darren TillDarren Till believes Charles Oliveira is the best lightweight on the planet. Till, in his early career, was touted as an up and coming prospect and at the start he was living up to that expectation. Wins over Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone would help boost Darren Till on his way to a title shot […]

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Darren Till believes Charles Oliveira is the best lightweight on the planet.

Till, in his early career, was touted as an up and coming prospect and at the start he was living up to that expectation. Wins over Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone would help boost Darren Till on his way to a title shot against Tyron Woodley.

‘The Gorilla’ would fall short against Woodley and following on from this bout Till would go on to lose three of his next four to Jorge Masvidal, Robert Whittaker and most recently Derek Brunson. His only win in this period would be a split decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum.

However, Till should not be discouraged, to look at what Charles Oliveira has done since he started in the UFC to where he is today no one could have expected and speaking in a recent interview on The MMA Hour Till highlighted the inspiration he takes from Oliveira’s story.

“It’s just a few little tweaks and a few little adjustments and I’m right back there, trust me I’ll be right back there, breaking records and beating all these bests, trust me on that mate i promise you. Take example by Charles Oliveira, he was the underdog on the fight, and you can ask anyone.

“I love Dustin Poirier, I’ve known the guy for years, he’s a great guy but anyone who asked me I would say “Oliveira’s gonna win the fight” I’ll tell you mate, he’s the best lightweight on the planet right now, including Khabib, he’s the best lightweight on the planet. Trust me.” (transcribed by sportskeeda.com)

What is next for Darren Till?

Till currently sits at a crossroads in his career with him still being only 28 he has plenty of time left within the sport, however, recent results show that he needs some change and to adjust in his game.

His next opportunity to show improvements could come against Number 9 ranked middleweight Urian Hall, as the two have been suggested to be the main event to headline a UFC London card scheduled for March 19th.

Could you see Darren Till one day claiming UFC gold?