On “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, two middleweight warriors had a rare face-off before they clashed this Saturday, July 25.
Robert Whittaker, the former UFC Middleweight Champion is set to fight Darren Till at UFC on ESPN 14 on Yas Island. Both fighters are looking to gain momentum in a stacked middleweight division. Check out the above video to see both fighters interact inside the octagon placed on the beach of the UFC’s latest creation.
Whittaker (20-5) was 3-2 with the UFC before joining the middleweight division in 2014. He was 8-0 in the division, becoming UFC Middleweight Champion by beating Yoel Romero at UFC 213 in 2017. He would beat Romero a year later in a non-title bout (Romero missed weight) before losing the title to Israel Adesanya in October.
Motivated, Whittaker is ready to start a new journey back to greatness.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) July 23, 2020
Till (18-2-1) just recently returned to middleweight. Starting his career (2013) in the division, Till made his welterweight debut in 2014. He joined the UFC in 2015 and is 6-2-1 in nine fights. “The Gorilla”, with ten wins via knockout, would lose to then-UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal before beating middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 in November.
Check out the above video to see the two show one last bit of restraint before the cage doors close this weekend.