Morning Report: Darren Till fires back at critics of Khamzat Chimaev after UFC 273: ‘How can you hate on the guy for that s***?’


Darren Till thinks Gilbert Burns is the best thing that’s ever happened to Khamzat Chimaev.

At UFC 273, Chimaev and Burns fought in a featured welterweight bout that ended up becoming a Fight of the Year contender. Though Chimaev ultimately took home a unanimous decision win, “Borz” faced his first bit of adversity in the UFC, taking 118 more strikes than he had an his previous four fights combined and even being dropped in the second round. And for his newfound teammate and friend, Darren Till, the experience was just what he needed.

” I knew Khamzat’s past and his inner struggles, but the greatest thing about this fight for me is that he had to endure some beatings and have to work hard for it. Cause that changes you as a fighter, as a man,” Till told Submission Radio. So, backstage I told him that was what he needed. Like, this is probably the best outcome you could have had, cause now you’re going to train even harder and you’re gonna listen to your coaches strategy more, and it’s not just about going out there and knocking guys out and toughing guys out, cause you’re gonna go up an unmovable force one day, which we came up against. It was like Gilbert that night. He was tough and durable and things like this. So it was definitely the best outcome, .”


Till is not alone in believing this fight will ultimately prove invaluable for the rising Chimaev, with former middleweight contender and UFC analyst Brian Stann saying something similar recently. Despite being impressed with Chimaev, many people have also been critical of Borz’s performance. Following the fight, the narrative quickly started to circulate that Chimaev had been exposed as another hype job, something UFC President Dana White took umbrage with, saying anyone who believed that was “out of your mind.” Similarly, Till thinks that the people criticizing Chimaev’s performance are being ridiculous.

It’s almost like people say, “Oh, Khamzat took that punch and then he started warming up for the fight with Darren.” It’s like, guys, the guy was number 11, he’s had four fights in the UFC and he just came in and beat the number two guy. Till asked. How can you criticize the man for his ***?? The guy is a f ****** star. The guy’s the only legitimate superstar right now in the UFC, up and coming. Rest of the UFC’s guys are up-and-coming. It’s great to see these up-and coming fighters, but it is slowing getting better. Khamzat just joined the UFC, and took everybody on. It’s like, who else has done that?”

Next up for Chimaev appears to be a date with one-time interim welterweight champion Colby Covington. In the build up to UFC 273, Dana White said that would be the fight the UFC would target if Chimaev won and afterwards, White confirmed they would still be looking to make that matchup, potentially as a headliner for a UFC on ABC card later this year. And if and when it happens, Till believes Chimaev is going to punch his ticket to a title shot.

“I would like to see him fight Colby in a five-round main event, and I think that’s the best thing for both guys,” Till said. “I think Khamzat can knock him out. I don’t think Colby’s felt power like Khamzat. Although Colby is a great fighter, my opinions have changed a little. But, I don’t think he can fight anyone at the top level. It’s Usman. But like, there is no one [else].. Khamzat has obviously come up quick. Khamzat has so much more power than him, I think. Listen, Colby’s a terrific fighter, he’s phenomenal, but I see the win there with Khamzat, and I’d love to see that to get him ready for the title for Usman.”


Results. Patricio Pitbull reclaims featherweight title, light heavyweight Grand Prix ends in No Contest at Bellator 277.

Results. Belal Muhammad exacts his revenge, wins decision over Vicente Luque at UFC Vegas 51.

Results. Roberto Satoshi taps Johnny Case with nasty triangle choke, defends belt at RIZIN 35.

Call out. Belal Muhammad calls out ‘coward’ Colby Covington after dominant win over Vicente Luque in UFC Vegas 51 main event.

Bad decision. Mounir Lazzez explains why he shouted out alleged crime boss Daniel Kinahan in UFC Vegas 51 post-fight speech.

Trilogy. A.J. A.J. McKee will not drop to featherweight in a trilogy with Patricio Pittbull.

Hype. Kamaru Usman thinks Khamzat Chimaev got ‘caught up’ in own hype before UFC 273, ‘absolutely’ sees holes in his game.

Hopes. Dana White hopes Jon Jones will be able to fight this summer. Stipe Miocic says it’makes sense.

Beef. Jake Paul goes in on Michael Bisping: ‘I started wiping my tears away with $50 million’ I made in 2021′


UFC Vegas 51 and Bellator 277 Post Shows.

UFC Vegas 51 Post-Fight Press Conference.

Free Fight.

Michael Bisping responding to Jake Paul.


On To The Next One. Matches to make following UFC Vegas 51.



Corey Anderson.

These two.

Anthony Smith seems to be forgetting that Dana White would never allow this.

Natural bantamweight.




Alexander Volkov (34-10) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3); UFC Fight Night, June 4.

Julian Marquez (9-2) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (11-4); UFC Fight Night, June 18.


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