UFC star Darren Till has revealed the HORRIBLE eye injury he sustained during training camp, describing it as “a finger in the back of my brain”.
The 29-year-old Liverpool native meets South African Dricus du Plessis at UFC 282 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
He has not been in the octagon for 15 months since losing to Derek Brunson for the fourth time in five fights in September 2021.
Till’s career stalled last year after an injury forced him to withdraw from a duel with Jack Hermansson in July.
And the Brit feared he would meet the same fate in this weekend’s fight when he caught a malicious look in his eye during training camp.
Speaking to The Mail, he said: “I was wrestling on the mat and shooting for a takedown – I don’t know why I’m doing this – it was like the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
“The guy’s middle finger, I felt it go to the back of my brain. I actually tried to keep wrestling. Anatoly [Malykhin] – he just won ONE championship there – he said, “Sit down, sit down”.
“It actually got worse as the days went by and then I was really worried I can’t pull out of another fight.
“But then it got better and it’s fine. It was one of the worst eye stitches I’ve ever had in my life, probably someone will have ever seen it. It was really bad when it happened. But it’s part of the camp, isn’t it? it.
“I didn’t actually share it. When I share s*** I don’t think. I had to start thinking a little bit more now. I just shared my week of training.
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“I was in the ice bath and stuff, and this eye pic was on my phone because I sent it and I was like, ‘Post that.’
“My partner Christian said, ‘Chael [Sonnen] said you’re posting this to withdraw from the fight.’ I thought, ‘What the hell does this conspiracy theorist know?’ So I don’t know.”
Till is the UFC’s No. 10 middleweight division and is hoping a first win in three years on Saturday can propel him back into contention for the title.
Du Plessis is 14th behind his British opponent but remains the slight favorite for the fight.
Till’s compatriot Paddy Pimblett is also struggling on the card as he prepares to face Jared Gordon in a lightweight contest.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6869084/ufc-darren-till-eye-injury-du-plessis/ UFC star Darren Till ‘felt the fighter’s finger go into the back of his BRAIN’ in a horrific eye-poke training injury