By Tom Brennan
Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) over Darren Till in UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Till dropped Whittaker in the first round, but Whittaker rallied beginning with a huge second to get the nod in a very close fight.
“My brain is on overload,” Whittaker said. “That fight was so stressful. Honestly, I hope the fans and everybody can appreciate it. For me, it was one of the most technical fights I ever had to fight.”
Judges Ben Cartlidge and Clemens Werner had Whittaker winning the second, third and fifth rounds. Judge Anders Ohlsson had Whittaker winning the second, third and fourth.
Coming in, ESPN had Whittaker, the former champ at 185 pounds, ranked No. 2 and Till ranked No. 6 in the world at middleweight.
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