According to ESPN’s sources, Darren Till will miss his scheduled middleweight co-headlining bout against Jack Hermansson due to an unexplained ailment. Till has been replaced by veteran Chris Curtis on the card, according to a UFC official. A date has been set for UFC London on July 23.
While Till is currently ranked ninth in the world, Hermansson is currently ranked 10th. For the first time since February, Hermansson (22-7) has lost a battle. Although he was born and raised in Sweden, the Norwegian-born fighter has won six of his last nine fights.
Till (18-4-1) is a native of England who has suffered four consecutive defeats. When it comes to the UFC, Curtis (29-8) has a perfect 3-0 record, including victories in his first three fights. Unanimous-decision victory over Rodolfo Vieira took place on June 25. 34-year-old Curtis from Las Vegas has been a professional since 2009.
The fact that he retired and then re-retired on the same night in 2019 during the PFL playoffs is noteworthy. Since then, he hasn’t lost a single bout, and last year, he was accepted into the UFC.
After a 7-2 start, Hermansson’s career took a turn for the worse and he was knocked out in the second round by No. 11 rated Till in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings. As of this writing, the Swede’s record stands at 2-3 in his last five fights, after losing a split decision to Sean Strickland in Las Vegas at UFC 47 earlier this month.
To date, Curtis has won all three of his fights since joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and two of those victories have come by way of a knockout. American returns to the Octagon less than two weeks after defeating Rodolpho Vieira in Las Vegas.
The main event of UFC London features hometown favorite Tom Aspinall taking on Curtis Blaydes at heavyweight.
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