28 May, 2020

Darren Till wanted to change Neil Diamond 'Sweet Caroline' walkout for UFC 244, but glad he forgot

Darren Till didn’t want to walk out to “Sweet Caroline” a month ago.

Till took on former UFC interim middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum in his 185-pound debut at UFC 244, and edged him out by split decision.

Speaking to BT Sport, Till admitted he wanted to change his walkout song in hopes of changing his recent bad fortune, but forgot to let the UFC know.

And ultimately, he’s glad he didn’t. The Neil Diamond classic has become Till’s trademark, after all.

“I forgot to change my music,” Till said. “They emailed me and I don’t really read my emails and, like, I just forgot. And when it come on, Colin (Heron) went, ‘Ugh.’ And I did (too). But then, you know what? It’s my tune, isn’t it? It’s my tune. I had more cheers than he did. He had boos.

“There’s a tune called ‘Maneuver Roots.’ I heard it on ‘Top Boy’ – an absolute tune. But it’s dead mellow and calm. But now I’m happy I didn’t (change to it). I’m very, very, very pleased.”

The former UFC welterweight title challenger sat down to watch his fight against Gastelum in full for the first time. He broke down the fight and what was going through his mind in the play-by-play feature.

Check out the full video below:

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