Robert Whittaker just won a strategic standup war over Darren Till in the UFC Fight Island 3 main event. Till went right at Whittaker and blasted the former champ with a mean elbow on the inside before pushing him to the ground. Whittaker responded big in round-two, landing hard punches and scoring a knockdown. Till recovered quickly and went on to deliver another slicing elbow that cut open Whittaker around the ear. This was quite the top-shelf striking affair full of calculated techniques.
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of the second round of Darren Till vs. Robert Whittaker:
Round 2 - Whittaker jumps in with a right. Huge counter left from Whittaker as Till advances. Low kicks from both men, and then Whittaker cracks him with a left. Two low kicks from Till. Overhand right from The Reaper drops Till! Whittaker jumps into his guard and Till tries to lock him down. He gets some separation and cracks till. Pass to half and big elbow! Till tries to power out but he’s not going anywhere. He gives up his back, and manages to get up. Low kick from Whittaker. Till fakes a shot. Low kick again from Whittaker. Lots of feinting now. Till with a straight left. Head kick from Till is blocked. 10-9 Whittaker.
Robert Whittaker defeated Darren Till bia unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
The shot by @darrentill2 that dropped Whittaker in the first round #UFCFightIsland3 pic.twitter.com/IMrgpK8fgi— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 26, 2020
ROCKET! @RobWhittakerMMA has Till stunned in RD 2.#InAbuDhabi | @VisitAbuDhabi| #UFCFightIsland3 pic.twitter.com/Xwy5RRDdkY— UFC (@ufc) July 26, 2020
Till is tee-ing off in RD 4! #InAbuDhabi | @VisitAbuDhabi| #UFCFightIsland3 pic.twitter.com/Yw094YVawl— UFC (@ufc) July 26, 2020
HE'S BACK! 'The Reaper' is back on top. #InAbuDhabi | @VisitAbuDhabi| #UFCFightIsland3 pic.twitter.com/VD7gaPOrRr— UFC (@ufc) July 26, 2020