MMA star Darren Till when make his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon when he takes on Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC Fight Night 174.
The bout between the two middleweight fighters will take place on July 25, and will be held on UFC Fight Island, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Till (18-2-1, 12 stoppages) heads into the bout following his impressive victory over Kelvin Gastelum in November, while former UFC champion Whittaker (20-5, 14 stoppages) has won nine of his last ten fights.
Till said: “I’ve been getting comfortable at the weight. I’ve been feeling strong and trying to stay with the same speed I had at welterweight. Robert is a bit shorter than me but it’s not his first rodeo. I’m sure he’s going to be very well prepared.
“He’s a cool guy, but I think Robert will run onto a big power shot. He’s very erratic with his striking, and I think inside two rounds I can catch him.”
The card on July 25 will also feature Till’s gym-mate Mike Grundy, as he goes up against Movsar Evolev in a featherweight contest.
Grundy (12-1, 9 stoppages) is back in action for the first time since his UFC debut in March 2019, while Evloev (12-0, 7 stoppages) is unbeaten in his MMA career.
Another UFC Fight Island card will see Mounir Lazzez make his long-awaited UFC debut, as he faces Abdul Razak Alhassan in a welterweight bout.
Lazzez (9-1, 8 stoppages) has looked superb in his MMA career so far, and won in extremely dominant style last time out when he stopped Arber Murati in just 59 seconds in the main event of a historic Probellum Dubai event.
Alhassan (10-1, 10 stoppages) was last in action in September 2018, when he stopped Niko Price after just 43 seconds of the first round.
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