- Darren Till has withdrawn from his April 10 bout against Marvin Vettori with a collarbone injury.
- Till is the 6th opponent in Vettori’s last nine fight bookings to pull out of a fight against the Italian Dream.
- Kevin Holland has offered to fight Vettori in the UFC on ABC 2 main event.
The highly anticipated clash between top middleweight contenders Darren Till and Marvin Vettori on April 10th is off after Till was forced to withdraw from the main event bout with a collarbone injury.
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— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) March 30, 2021
Till later released a statement confirming his injury and withdrawal from the bout:
Not the First Vettori Opponent to Withdraw
A visual of the bout agreements @MarvinVettori has signed in the last 20 months. He did not withdraw from a single one of these.
The man has a point … pic.twitter.com/TX1AuXw9BU
— Steven Kelliher (@Steven_Kelliher) March 30, 2021
Till isn’t the first Vettori opponent to withdraw from a fight against the Italian Dream. In fact, in the eight fight contracts that Vettori has signed in the last 20 months, five have been cancelled because his opponents pulled out from the contests. The Gorilla would be the sixth cancelled bout for Vettori since July 2019.
The 27-year old former Venator FC welterweight champion has won four straight bouts since losing a close decision to current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in April 2018. The Italian Dream submitted Karl Roberson in June 2020 before finishing his year with a dominating win over Jack Hermansson last December.
As for Till, this is the second straight fight booking that he has withdrawn from. The Gorilla was Hermansson’s original opponent last December but he withdrew from that bout after breaking his foot during training. Kevin Holland replaced Till before he was pulled in favor of Vettori. Holland went on to beat Jacare Souza last December 12th.
Holland Offers to Step In on Short Notice
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) March 30, 2021
Shortly after Till’s withdrawal and Vettori’s call-out on Twitter, it was Holland answered the call and offered to fight the Italian, to which Vettori replied “Let’s go”. Holland is coming off a disappointing loss to Derek Brunson last March 20th. The loss snapped a five-bout winning streak for Trail Blazer, and his first loss at the APEX Facility.
Holland previously offered his services to fight Belal Muhammad after the latter’s last bout ended in disaster when an eye poke forced him to a no-contest against Leon Edwards. But with Muhammad eyeing a second crack at Rocky, Holland has ditched his plan to move down to 170 and now challenges the 6th ranked Vettori.
Trail Blazers is a former XKO middleweight champion who joined the UFC in 2018. He is 8-3 inside the UFC Octagon with notable wins over Gerald Meerschaert, Joaquin Buckley, Darren Stewart, and Jacare Souza. Overall, Holland has a record of 21-6 with 12 knockouts and five submission wins.