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Darren Till not ‘100 percent’ healthy going into UFC 228 because ‘I train my bollocks off’

Darren Till will be heading into his UFC 228 title fight vs. Tyron Woodley with a few knocks and bruises.

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Although most fighters claim to be in ‘the best shape of their career’ heading into a fight, it’s well-known that they all carry nagging, or sometimes serious, injuries into the Octagon.

Top welterweight contender Darren Till has been refreshingly honest about that heading into his title fight vs. Tyron Woodley at UFC 228, telling the media that he has to deal with ‘the same old sh-t’ in preparation for Saturday’s main event.

“Just the same old sh*t, broken bones here there, broken hands. Just same old sh*t. What every fighter I’m sure had but hasn’t got the f*ckin’ bollocks to talk about,” Till said at a pre-fight media scrum (h/t Drake Riggs of

Till claims that, if he didn’t sustain at least a few knocks and bruises in preparation for UFC 228, it would mean he wasn’t training his ‘bollocks off’ or giving it his all at the Team Kaobon gym.

“What you see is what you get with me,” he continued. “Every fighter goes into a fight 90 percent, 80 percent…doesn’t go in 100 percent and if he does he doesn’t f*ckin’ trained right. I train my bollocks off. Every day I’m punching people hard, me hands are hurtin’, you know.

“All us fighters, we carry injuries. Unless I trip now on a wire *laughs*…n’ break me leg, nothing’s keepin’ me off that fight. Nothin’ ever will and if I go into that fight with an injury I won’t speak about it and if I lose that fight because of an injury, I won’t speak about it after.”

‘The Gorilla’ says there will be no excuses — win or lose — in the aftermath of UFC 228.

“Because when you go into a fight, you go in knowing you can win. If you come out of that fight sayin’, ‘I didn’t win because of this’, you weren’t in that fight there not knowing you can win so why did you f*ckin’ go in that fight. I go in knowing I can win with injury or without injury,” he said.

UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till takes place this Saturday, September 8 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.