Morning Report: Darren Till on Khamzat Chimaev and fighter mentality ahead of UFC 273: ‘You’d be a fool to say he’s not nervous’

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Khamzat Chimaev is one day away from the biggest fight of his burgeoning career at UFC 273. While the Sweden resident has displayed unshakeable confidence throughout the build-up to his matchup with Gilbert Burns, new best friend, Darren Till wants to make it clear that nerves are always present.

Another one of Till’s buddies, Tom Aspinall recently made history as the quickest to win five UFC bouts. On Saturday night, if Chimaev can manage to defeat the UFC’s No. 2 ranked welterweight Burns in 90 seconds, he’ll beat Aspinall’s time.

“I’m not gonna say I want Khamzat to do it but obviously it would be nice to see that then they’re both competing for that, you know what I mean?” Till told TheMacLife regarding the record.

“They’re both phenomenal athletes, myself as well. This sport, what we do — Kamaru Usman, he posted something the other day that hit home with me a lot and I’m sure with a lot of other fighters. 99 percent of the world don’t know what it’s like to be under them lights and face adversity and fear. Listen, for myself as well, I don’t want to talk a lot about excuses but in the past, what I’ve faced, people don’t know the half of it. And to stand in front of that, the fear and the adversity is just something.”

Similar to Chimaev, Till also began his career undefeated before eventually challenging for the welterweight crown against then-champion Tyron Woodley. Till’s lone UFC title opportunity didn’t go in his favor and ultimately led him up to the middleweight division where he’s yet to find his footing with a 1-2 record.

The hype for Till wasn’t quite on the same level of Chimaev’s during his unbeaten run, but he’s well familiar with the brightness of the spotlight and remains one of the sport’s most popular fighters.

“For Khamzat Saturday, you’d be a fool to say he’s not nervous going in there,” Till said. “Obviously, his mentality’s bulletproof and he knows he’s gonna win. But you’re going in that arena and stepping in front of all these people who are depending and hoping; ‘Is he gonna come through?’ It’s a scary thing for all of us fighters.”

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VIDEO STEW

UFC 273 Pre-Fight Press Conference.

UFC 273 Preview with Jon Anik.

Embedded 4.

UFC 273: Fighters You Should Know.

Khamzat Chimaev’s path to UFC stardom.

Must See Moments from the LHW Grand Prix So Far.

LISTEN UP

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

History repeats itself…?

I’ll just leave this here!!!

#P4P pic.twitter.com/AdJwFrOkpv

— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) April 7, 2022

Conor is hyped.

Great to see all the young pups up there @ufc today! We do face offs always here. Correct this going forward. Awesome stuff! Is it a “big fights feel” somewhat right now with this card? I think so! Let’s go fighters, bring it home! 60g’z Dana!
Up the bonus, let them go for it!

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 7, 2022

What a company! Congrats ari and pat on the latest packets, half a b. Tasty! Rooting for @ParadigmSports team mate @MackenzieDern here! The sheer confidence radiating here! Incredible!
Really exciting fight this one!
The Tiny Tornado vs The Brazilian Bomb! https://t.co/7JSxGRoPnt

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 7, 2022

CCC is serious.

Let’s cut all the bs @TheNotoriousMMA

DOUBLE CHAMP vs DOUBLE CHAMP

Champs across 4 different divisions

Who will become the 1st 3-division champ?

You got a 10-in reach advantage. I’ll even fight at 155. Let me expose you McTapper. x

NEW EP: https://t.co/sueWR2Vbke pic.twitter.com/h5kfPW2VaP

— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 8, 2022

Frankie.

pic.twitter.com/YPaF36nNDN

— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) April 7, 2022

Swing and a miss.

“Imagine if I missed (ha ha ha ha)”
MISSES
I had the BEST day hanging out with @CrescentTools and @chadmendes in Apex, NC.
We got to meet so many cool people, destroy things and throw axes.
I’m super proud to be a part of the #CrescentTools #CrescentToolsMMA team ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BuPSFYKmDX

— Jessy Jess (@missjessyjess) April 8, 2022

T’is love.

Why everyone wants kiss this beautiful old man? pic.twitter.com/HqkD2ksJEP

— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) April 7, 2022

I was a model like RockhOld, before I got muscle pic.twitter.com/loiRSFjb8w

— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) April 7, 2022

Jake’s making new friends.

T.T. is ready.

Silvana in good company.

BJJ royalty.

Sanford.

Soon.

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Aaron Pico (9-3) vs. Adli Edwards (9-1); Bellator 277, Apr. 15

Gaston Bolanos (5-3) vs. Daniel Carey (7-5); Bellator 277, Apr. 15

Tofiq Musayev (18-4) vs. Zach Zane (15-11); Bellator 278, Apr. 22

Ayaka Miura (11-4) vs. Dayana Souza (8-1-1); ONE: Reloaded, Apr 22

Jordan Wright (12-2) vs. Roman Kopylov (8-2); UFC Vegas 52, Apr. 23

Marcin Prachnio (15-5) vs. Philipe Lins (14-5); UFC Vegas 52, Apr. 23

FINAL THOUGHTS

Happy Friday, folks. Enjoy the weekend of action and thanks for reading.

EXIT POLL

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