UFC 244’s Kelvin Gastelum Says Darren Till Initially Declined To Fight Him

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MMA H.E.A.T. was at the Tyson Ranch in El Segundo, CA, for the Dominance MMA media day, where Karyn Bryant caught up with UFC Middleweight Kelvin Gastelum. Karyn and Kelvin talk about Israel Adesanya’s win over Robert Whittaker at UFC 243, how the fight with Darren Till materialized and his strategy for beating the tough Englishman.

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110 Comments on "UFC 244’s Kelvin Gastelum Says Darren Till Initially Declined To Fight Him"

  1. Niggas forget till dropped masvidal one punch , had he not been kicked in the nuts and those two up kicks when till dropped him changed the whole fight lol , and till didn't even rest like he should have , he took like a 4 seconds break & said he's good lol

  2. I dunno. Whenever I see Kelvin I always think of Cypress Hill's track Takin Hits From The Bong. Anyway great interview. Kelvin to me is in a lose lose situation with Till. If he wins people will say Kelvin beat a guy who got beat by a former 155er. If Kelvin loses he got beat by a guy who got beat by a former 155er. I hope Kelvin gets big $$$ for this fight.

  3. Till needs to fire he’s couches . They keep giving the most difficult fights kelvin ain’t the kind of fighter you take after 2 bad knockouts. He’s the fighter you avoid fighting because he’s to good. Couches should of gave him a tune up fight. I hate to see young up and coming talent careers get ended short and fighters stock go to shit because of couches. As couch you got give your fighter s tune up get confidence back till style is all based on confidence

    • Well Tyron didn't KO him, he dropped and subbed Till but yeah, that doesn't make this much better. Kelvin's possibly better than Tyron and Gastelum might have the best boxing in the sport. I predict a fast first round KTFO loss and then retirement for Till. Darren's team had every right to turn down this fight and should have.

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