Darren Till has opened up about the widely-publicised Tenerife incident that saw him and a group of friends arrested for stealing a taxi.
The controversy came shortly after Till’s brutal UFC London defeat to Jorge Masvidal in March and had many people questioning where the 26-year-old’s head was at in the wake of another major setback.
According to the reports that were circulating, Darren and his friends trashed a hotel room before stealing a taxi as the driver was loading their luggage into the back.
Speaking in a recent interview with Fighters Only, the former welterweight title challenger explained how things played out on the night.
“We went for a lad’s birthday, we’d booked it for a while and we went for two days
“We were having a good time – it’s nice place – and we were in the hotel and there were other guys in the room.
“We weren’t having trouble but a bit of bother broke out – not fighting, the room didn’t get trashed and there was no criminal damage – but things were thrown.
“I won’t name names but a taxi was stolen and driven around the block a few times.”
Till went on to explain how things were blown way out of proportion in his view once the authorities realised who he was – claiming that he wasn’t even present when the crime itself was committed.
“I wasn’t there at the scene, I was somewhere else, I’d left the hotel but when the police were rounding people up they saw me and said, “Darren Till?” and I knew what was coming.
“They took me and my friends to the cells; one of the policeman trained jujitsu and said, ‘Follow me on Instagram and I’ll bring you some food,’ – so I did and he brought me some chicken.
“They made me pay a scandalous fine, nowhere near what it should have been.
“I’m only human, I’m not asking for forgiveness; it was a stupid, silly thing, what most lads on stag dos do but the difference is I’m a well-known character.”
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