THAT’S just cruel.
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Brit Darren Till enjoyed a contest to the finish at last night’s UFC Fight Island 3 main event.
The 25-minute slug fest ended in Whittaker as the victor by unanimous decision 48-47 on all three judges scorecards.
But what was even more incredible was Till’s durability.
‘The Gorilla’ managed to last the distance after his knee was popped out by one of Whittaker’s strikes.
And according to reports, Till will require surgery to fix the issue.
That didn’t bother Whittaker though when he was told the damage he had done to his opponent.
“No… Like how?” he responded to a question if he knew that he had hurt Till’s knee.
When pressed about the strike, till replied: “The stomp? Ohhh…”
“Yes, he heard it pop straight away,” the reporter said back.
“Ahhh,” Whittaker said with a beaming smile before cracking a laugh.
“I’m going to stomp more often haha. I want soccer kicks back.”
Whittaker finds out Till may need knee surgery pic.twitter.com/bEtSGiTleE
Whittaker’s battle with Till was his first since he surrendered his middleweight title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243.
‘The Reaper’ has now won 10 of his last 11 contests.
Meanwhile, Liverpudlian Till believes his reputation has remained intact after the heroic loss, but he may require surgery.
He also said stomping should be outlawed.
“I’m not that type of guy to make excuses,” Till said.
“I have to give credit to Rob. In the second round he knee stomped me like I did to Stephen Thompson. They should be illegal.
“No. It just blew my knee straight out – my knee just (blew) under me, crashed. I couldn’t – that was it for the whole fight.
“I couldn’t do it the whole fight. I just had to fight. I hid the pain. I don’t think he recognised.
“I don’t want to sit here and say, ‘My knee gone’. Whatever.
“Maybe just stopped me bouncing a bit. It was a real good fight. I feel like I won it.
“I feel like we both won it. We both won the fight. We both won.
“It was a clinically neat match. Going to get a bit of surgery now. I want to get back in the game.
“I’ll fix that, and there’s millions of fights out there for me.
“I’m one of the top guys in this organisation, and I’m going to continue to be.”