English fighter making UFC debut defends wrestling in the UK

Thursday, March 14, 2019

After his title fight loss to Tyron Woodley, Darren Till took plenty of criticism for his defensive grappling. After spending a great deal of time on his back, Till eventually fell victim to a Darse choke at the hands of the now-former champion. However, teammate and English national team wrestler, Mike Grundy feels that some people are unfairly tying that submission loss to Till’s wrestling abilities.

“Darren’s wrestling is good. I thought he did really well in that department [against Woodley],” said Grundy noting the four times he stuffed Woodley’s takedowns.

It’s not uncommon for a British fighter to take criticism on their wrestling chops, which is something Grundy seeks to change. According to Grundy, though, Till isn’t just good at stopping the takedown, but he can use them himself.

“He has got some decent wrestling attacks and defense,” said Grundy. “If he ever wanted to take somebody down, I wouldn’t be surprised if he took down a good wrestler.”

But that ‘if’ is, in fact, a big ‘if’ as Till doesn’t tend to favor the ground game as a rule.

“Maybe not because he loves to stand up,” said Grundy. “He’s been a Thai boxer from a very young age.”

Till may get a chance to show all of those aspects of his game this weekend when he takes on Jorge Masvidal at UFC on ESPN+ 5, also known as UFC Fight Night 147, UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal and UFC London. Grundy will be making his league debut on the undercard against Nad Narimani.

(Interview starts at 2:00 mark)

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Author Daniel Vreeland is a co-founder of the Top Turtle Podcast, and a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu at New England Submission Fighting in Amherst, Massachusetts.