Darren Till snapped a two-fight losing streak by beating Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244.
Former champion Gastelum was ranked fourth in the middleweight rankings before the Madison Square Garden bout and Till has now slipped in at number five following his debut at that weight.
In the co-main event, Till dictated the fight and picked up the split decision. It wasn’t his sexiest performance, and he overcame a poke to the eye, but he got the job done.
After the fight, Till spoke with Adam Catterall and in a brutally honest interview, admitted he had been terrified before the fight.
“I just had some demons because I know my skill set. When I’m sparring these guys from all around the world in training and fighting [I know] how good I am. Just to go from invincible to s**t in the ground basically was devastating for me.
“To tell you the upmost truth, I didn’t even want to go out there tonight. I was thinking of ways to fake an injury. It was hard, man. Even walking out there tonight, I was so terrified. I was scared, man. Not of fighting, I like getting hurt, I enjoy it. I was just scared, I don’t know.
“I wasn’t even bothered about the win. I’m just glad I overcame what I overcame,” Till said.
The Liverpudlian, still only 26, is known to be a very emotional and an honest talker and credit to him for laying it all out there for the world to hear after one of his biggest triumphs.
The middleweight division is extremely dangerous. Guys like Yoel Romero and the unbeaten Paulo Costa sit ahead of Till en route to exciting champion Israel Adesanya.
Either way, Till has just inserted himself at right at the top of the middleweight division and some exciting fights lie ahead for him in 2020.
However, he has always maintained his goal is to fight at Anfield – home of Liverpool – sooner rather than later.