Darren Till will step inside the Octagon this weekend against South African Dricus Du Plessis on the main card of UFC 282 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fans are wondering whether the British middleweight will step inside the Octagon with Khamzat Chimaev in his corner. After all, Till cornered the UFC welterweight during his much-anticipated showdown against Gilbert Burns the last time around.
— Brendan Loughnane (@BrendanMMA) December 8, 2022
However, it looks like that won’t be the case. Khamzat Chimaev will not corner Darren Till for his upcoming fight at UFC 282. Brendan Loughnane will take Till‘s side in Las Vegas.
Who is Brendan Loughnane? Darren Till’s longtime friend and teammate
Fighting out of Manchester, England, Brendan Loughnane is the 2022 PFL Featherweight World Champion. The 33-year-old MMA veteran has had several ups and down in his MMA career. Loughnane’s failed stint with the UFC saw him drop back-to-back losses at The Ultimate Fighter and then at UFC on FX 6, prompting a move to Full Contact Contender and then over to BAMMA, Tanko FC, ACB, and finally PFL.
UFC, sign Brendan Loughnane. Exciting fighter. A back story with the company. And of the European side. A money in the bank uk/Europe signing. Congrats on the win @BrendanMMA
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 26, 2022
For his incredible work in the PFL, Loughnane has received warm support from MMA fans from around the world, with Conor McGregor making a plea to the UFC to sign the British fighter. It won’t be wrong to say that Loughnane will be a huge addition to the company and mostly because of what McGregor rightly pointed out.
He already has a failed history with the UFC, and a return could serve as a redemption story to come back to the biggest stage of mixed martial arts in his pursuit of gold. Meanwhile, with UFC trying to penetrate the British market along with several exciting European prospects in the form of Ilia Topuria and Paddy Pimblett, Manchester’s Brendan Loughnane only adds to it.