By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Darren Till won the co-main event at UFC 244 on Saturday night at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Till defeated Kelvin Gastelum.
Till won the bout by a split decision after the fight went the distance. The judges scored the bout (27-30, 29-28, and 30-27)
“I proved a lot of f*cking doubters wrong,” Till said. “I’m just happy to be here right now. I want to build myself back up. F*ck all them doubters!”
This was the second split decision on the main card. Derrick Lewis also won via a split decision over Blagoy Ivanov in the second bout of the main card.
“The Gorilla” improved to 18-2 in his MMA career with this win. This was his first bout as he returned to middleweight.
Till lost his previous two fights to Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley. Before this bout, his last win was over Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision in May 2018.
This is Till’s first split decision win. However, it is sixth decision win, as the previous five came via unanimous decision.
With the loss, Gastelum fell to 15-5 in his career. He has dropped decisions in his past two fights. He also lost to Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision at UFC 236 in April 2019.
Four of his five losses have come via decision. Three of the four decisions have been split decisions.
Gastelum has not won a bout since May 2018 when he defeated Ronaldo Souza.