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The Ultimate Fighting Championship show will have
to go on without one of its best-known native sons later this month
in London.

ESPN reported Wednesday evening that Liverpool native Darren Till,
a former welterweight title challenger and current middleweight
contender, had withdrawn from his scheduled co-main event against
Jack
Hermansson
at
UFC Fight Night 208
on July 23 with an undisclosed injury. The
fight for Till would have been his first since last September, when
he succumbed to a rear-naked choke from Derek
Brunson
in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 191. The
28-year-old Team Kaobon product will have to wait at least a while
longer to attempt to snap his current two-fight losing streak.

The report added that the early favorite to step in and take Till’s
place was Chris
Curtis
, the former Bellator MMA and Professional Fighters League welterweight who
has experienced a career revival since moving up to 185 pounds and
debuting in the UFC with three straight wins.

UFC Fight Night 208, also nicknamed “UFC London,” takes place on
July 23 at O2 Arena in London, England. A heavyweight tilt between
top contender Curtis
Blaydes
and surging undefeated Brit Tom
Aspinall
is set to headline a 13-fight card heavily stocked
with UK and other European fighters.


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