On the subject of hindsight, even UFC president Dana White can have a look again on resolution making with a special lens.
With the game of combined martial arts evolving at such a frenetic tempo, discovering MMA’a subsequent large star has turn into a frightening activity. One of many fighters who garnered a number of consideration after an enormous win in a headline place was welterweight Darren Until. It appeared like “The Gorilla” can be off to the races following his first bout end of Donald Cerrone at UFC Battle Night time 118 in October 2017, which was adopted by a unanimous resolution win over, then, prime contender Stephen Thompson seven months later.
After back-to-back losses to Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal, each by finishes, White feels that with hindsight being what it’s, he could have pushed Darren Until too rapidly.
“I feel after the win over Cowboy, I pushed him a bit quickly. It occurs,” White instructed ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in an interview Monday night. “Typically when a man will get that a lot steam behind them, pump the brakes a bit right here, and let him get again and work on the issues he must work on.
“For some individuals (with a win over a man like Cerrone), it’s the proper time. For others, it’s too quickly. That weight division is nasty. It’s like Assassin’s Row in that top-8.
Following the win over Thompson in his hometown of Liverpool, England, Until acquired the chance to battle for the UFC welterweight title towards the now former champion Woodley in the primary occasion of UFC 228 final September. After a one-sided first bout for Woodley, he would go on to complete the challenger — submitting Until by way of D’arce choke with rather less than a minute left within the bout.
Darren Until, seeking to leap again into the title image, would tackle Masvidal within the headliner of March’s UFC on ESPN+ 5 occasion in London. The 26-year-old dropped Masvidal early within the battle, earlier than getting brutally knocked out within the second bout, resulting in the primary a number of battle dropping streak of Until’s profession.
Until has suffered a few setbacks however the expertise and athleticism is clearly there. White is actually not prepared to shut the ebook on Darren Until and what he can do within the UFC; whether or not that path stays within the welterweight division, or a leap as much as 185.
“He’s gonna be round,” White stated. “We’ll give him a while, search for an opponent and see what’s subsequent for him.”
This text first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/25/2019.