Michael Bisping has revealed Darren Till suffered a major ACL injury in the build-up to his fight against Derek Brunson on Saturday night.
‘The Gorilla’ looked a shadow of himself in Las Vegas as he was taken down at will by his American adversary and eventually choked out in the third round.
Brunson was dominant on the night as he secured his fourth win in a row and has potentially set up a middleweight title eliminator at the very least.
Yet Till looked devoid of the aggression and power which propelled him to a welterweight title shot just three years ago and he has now just won once in his past five fights.
The ‘Team Kaobon’ alumni is infamously tough and has always been open and honest about the demons he dealt with after being knocked out by Jorge Masvidal at the 02 Arena in London more than two years ago.
Yet Bisping learned at the UFC Apex his compatriot was dealing with a serious knee injury just ten weeks before the fight.
“I went backstage to see Darren after the fight, he was very disappointed of course, but he was a man and holding it together,” Bisping told BT Sport.
“He was frustrated and understandably so. I spent about 30 minutes with him and Colin Heron, just talking to him and giving him some advice.
“Perhaps I’m breaking guy code here but there was an injury coming into that fight, he tore his ACL about 10 weeks ago and he never mentioned it.”
He continued: “It’s an excuse, it’s a reason, whatever you want to call it, he never mentioned it and I’m sure Derek had problems as well.
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“Certainly with that kind of injury, and he said he was having all kinds of medical treatment leading up to the fight.
“Of course, with that injury, it would’ve hampered his performance but still, you can’t take away from Derek Brunson on that night, Darren chose to step in.”
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