Khamzat Chimaev believes Darren Till would have won his fight against Dricus du Plessis if he trained with him in Sweden.
Till trained at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand for his fight against du Plessis at UFC 282, where he lost by submission in the second round. Prior to that, he spent quite a lot of time training with Chimaev, and their bromance was the talk of the town in 2022.
Khamzat Chimaev On Darren Till
In a recent interview with Red Corner MMA (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), Chimaev said he understands that Till is a grown man who makes his own decisions, but he thinks the Brit would have had a better UFC 282 outing had he trained with him.
“For his last fight, he trained here at Tiger,” Chimaev said. “I don’t know who he trained with. Yes, we are close friends with Darren, but he has his own coaches. He is a grown man. He knows what to do. If he’d trained with me in Sweden, it would’ve been a different fight for sure. This is my opinion, at least.”
Having spent quite a lot of time with Till, Chimaev knows his best friend’s struggles inside-out and he said that he will continue to help ‘The Gorilla’ in any way he can.
“Darren has a lot of problems nobody knows about,” Chimaev said. “He needs to take care of them. He needs to fix his knee. He needs a knee surgery, but he takes fights instead. I said to him, ‘Hey, do the surgery first, then fight.’ We will see. He knows what to do. I have been helping him in every way I could and I will keep doing so.”
Till is currently riding a three-fight losing streak and is in desperate need of a win.
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