Why Jake Paul Vs Darren till Makes Sense

Last Saturday Night saw internet sensation Jake Paul claim a unanimous decision victory over Stockton’s own Nate Diaz, but not in the spectacular fashion expected by many. As always with high-profile combat sports bouts, attention quickly shifts to speculation regarding next opposition. And one name who is seemingly flying under the radar is Darren Till.

The Gorilla was released by the UFC in March, following a run of 5 defeats separated by only one victory, occurring back in November 2019 against Kelvin Gastelum. The Liverpudlian’s ambition is clear, to regain his confidence before returning to MMA’s premium organisation.

Why is any of this relevant? Well, former UFC fighters on less than impressive streaks seems to be on the Jake Paul opponent checklist. Another important component for the Problem Child is star power, which ever since Till rose up the welterweight division, he has possessed. He’s also well renowned for his trash talk both in press conferences and on social media, both of which suit Jake down to the ground.

One area where Till differs from Paul’s previous outings against MMA veterans is in his age. Ben Askren has been the youngest thus far, at 36 when he entered the ring. Darren is only 30, and is therefore theoretically still in his athletic prime. This in itself would earn Jake a modicum of respect from fans. On top of this, the former UFC Welterweight title challenger is a lifelong striker and a K-1 European Champion, a vast contrast to the wrestling backgrounds of Woodley and Askren, and the street brawler Diaz.

So, not under contract with any combat sports promotion? Check. Of a more appropriate age to transition into boxing? Check. A strong base in stand-up martial arts? Check. A willing and effective trash talker both online and in the flesh? Check. Whichever way you look at this, it works, Jake gets the opportunity to fight a fresher, faster and more technically sound opponent, and Darren gets a solid payday as well as an opportunity to showcase himself on a massive stage. Let’s get some contracts drawn up, ay?

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