Dana White has expressed regret over the manner in which the UFC have handled the career of Liverpool star Darren Till and his rise.
UFC Gdansk was the show that stood as a true coming out party for the then-unbeaten star.
Quite a few fans were left scratching their heads when the relatively unknown Liverpudlian was matched up with the veteran superstar Donald Cerrone – a fight between a proven killer and a small name European fighter that seemed to be a complete and utter mismatch.
Those same fans were left in an even greater state of shock once Till managed to put on an absolute masterclass – TKO’ing the former lightweight title-challenger in a masterful display of striking prowess.
A razor-thin victory over Stephen Thompson followed shortly after and before he knew it, Till was facing down the dominant champion of the welterweight division, Tyron Woodley.
Of course, he would lose the fight in brutal fashion and go on to suffer a similarly rough defeat at the hands of Jorge Masvidal in his most recent outing.
Issues concerning his weight-cut have dogged his career in recent times but now, the damage has managed to take against his last two opponents has been a cause of concern amongst his fans.
At 26, time is most certainly on his side but UFC president Dana White was quick to concede that a different path for this young man may have been wiser.
Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN, White admitted that the UFC may have mishandled Till’s path to the top to the certain extent through the speed at which he found himself facing off against the divisional champion at the time, Tyron Woodley.
“I think Till went back to the drawing board. He’s a young guy and after the win over Cowboy, we might have pushed him a little too soon.
“It happens sometimes when a guy gets that much steam behind him and you pump the brakes a little here.
“You come in and beat a guy like ‘Cowboy’ and boom, you immediately get bounced right up into the middle of the rankings and some people it’s the perfect time, some people it’s a little soon.
“That weight division is nasty. It’s like murderer’s row in that top eight.
“Let him get back and work on things that he needs to work on and he’s going to be around.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena