Recent comments from UFC middleweight Darren Till have prompted Chael Sonnen to question the star’s headspace.
Till has been having a rough time at the Octagon lately. He is 1-4 in his last five fights, including three losses by stoppages. In his last appearance, “The Gorilla” was captured in a butt choke by Derek Bruson, forcing him to exit in September 2021.
Speaking to Submission Radio last week, Till admitted he’s a long way from a fight with reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
“Yes, I feel like Adesanya is far away,” Till said via Bloody Elbow. “I feel like I just need to get a few wins and show people how good I am again. Of course, once I get that title shot and win, I know I can beat Adesanya. Then the sky is the limit. The possibilities are endless.
“And I just have to work hard and stay humble and do the right things and have a good supportive group around me that I have now, you know, especially with my newly formed company in Block Asset and these guys. These guys go out of their way to take care of me in a special way and that humbles me. I am a humble man and it humbles me when people genuinely care about their well-being.”
In a recent YouTube video, Sonnen shared his concerns about Till’s comments with Submission Radio. Till is a big name in the MMA community, and he’s a notable figure on social media with his ties to Khamzat Chimaev and Michael Bisping, Sonnen pointed out.
But while it appears the gorilla is in a “good place,” Sonnen asked where his “ghost” is currently.
“I don’t know where Darren Till is right now,” Sonnen said via BJPenn.com. “I know he’s doing everything right. I know from a marketing point of view that friendship he has with (Khamzat) Chimaev, that’s the most unlikely duo you can’t stop watching. It’s very interesting. Then there’s (Michael) Bisping, who tells stories, and these guys shop together and document the whole thing.
“Like it’s really fun. Till is in a really good place. Till’s training must be great. We know the stuff they do in Sweden. We know the sacrifices Till goes through. I trust you to follow these things online and as they post these various things on YouTube. I do.”
The American Gangster isn’t sure where the gorilla stands mentally, but from what he’s gathered, the Englishman has “shown a weakness” that Sonnen described as “normal.”