Till to make middleweight debut vs. Gastelum at UFC 244


Darren Till walks back to his corner after losing by submission to Tyron Woodley in their welterweight title bout at UFC 228 in Dallas. (Jeffrey McWhorter/AP)

Darren Till’s first foray into the UFC’s middleweight division will be against another former welterweight contender.

The Englishman will debut in the 185-pound weight class against recent interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum later this year at UFC 244.

The UFC confirmed the matchup on Monday.

After starting his MMA career 17-0-1, Till has lost two in a row and is looking for a fresh start. The 26-year-old earned a welterweight title shot in 2018 following back-to-back wins over Donald Cerrone and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, but Till was submitted by then-champ Tyron Woodley.

In his most recent outing, Till suffered the first knockout loss of his career at the hands of Jorge Masvidal.

Meanwhile, Gastelum (15-4, one no-contest) lost a thrilling five-round interim title fight to Israel Adesanya at UFC 236 in April in what was one of the more exciting fights of 2019.

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