Darren Till remains unbeaten as a pro fighter, after winning a unanimous decision over Bojan Veličković inside the UFC Octagon in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The Liverpudlian picked up his 15th career win at UFC Fight Night 115 — also known as UFC Rotterdam — taking Veličković the distance and winning all three rounds on each judge’s scorecards.
Entering the Ahoy Rotterdam to Phil Collins classic ‘In the Air Tonight’, there was certainly a huge amount of promise about Till’s performance.
A -205 favourite on the Vegas odds, Till began the fight just as relaxed as his fight week demeanor had indicated. A huge step-in left elbow to the ear of Veličković, cut the Serbian, and saw Till take control on the ground.
Despite all three judges giving the Scouse fighter the second round, Veličković turned up the pace, as he battered the lead leg of southpaw Till.
Regardless of the Serb’s brief fight back, Till – who has spent the majority of his previous years in Brazil – inserted his dominance again, this time with a big left hand, which dropped his opponent to the canvas and ultimately secured his third win inside the Octagon.
To say this was only Till’s second fight following a nineteen-month hiatus, the 24-year-old definitely showed he could be a future threat at 170-pounds if he carries on at this rate.
With his win over the equally experienced Serbian, it’s possible that Till could break into the 170-pound UFC rankings, especially since No.15 ranked Tarec Saffiedine has lost his last three fights.
Prior to even getting inside the cage in Rotterdam, Till spoke about a fight with recent UFC Glasgow headliner, Santiago Ponzinibbio, and with his post-fight interview with Dan Hardy, he remained adamant of his next challenge.
He spoke to MMA Plus about Ponzinibbio prior to the fight, claiming: “He believes he’s the best striker, but he’s not,” and with his confidence oozing, and the in-cage product to back up his hype, there’s no reason why the UFC shouldn’t book that fight, especially since there’s little chatter of the Argentine rematching Gunnar Nelson.
With UFC’s final European date set for October 21 in Gdansk, Poland, it could be the perfect occasion for the UFC to pit two of the welterweight division’s top prospect against one and other.