The hardest puncher Jorge Masvidal has ever faced? Step forward, Darren Till
Jorge Masvidal has competed with some of the best strikers in the sport, but one particular fighter’s power stood out the most.
Speaking in a fan Q&A on his YouTube channel, Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) first acknowledged Paul Daley’s power from their 2010 meeting, which he lost via unanimous decision.
“He never caught me clean in the fight but, I felt his raw power, and I was like, ‘Man this guy’s got good pop,’ was Paul Daley,” Masvidal said. “Paul Daley had good pop, and I was also a little lighter in my career this time, but I remember he hit me in the arms a couple of times, and I saw his left hook coming and I could feel his thud.”
But after Darren Till’s name was thrown at him, Masvidal revealed that Till is definitely the hardest puncher he’s fought.
Masvidal knocked out Till last March in London, but it didn’t come without a bit of early adversity. Just 10 seconds into the fight, Masvidal was dropped by a Till left hand, which caught him by surprise.
But he was able to rally back and stop Till in Round 2 to kickstart a remarkable 2019 that resulted in three stoppage wins and a “BMF” title.
“Till has the most power of anybody that I’ve faced so far,” Masvidal said. “I remember his lead hand – he’s very well-balanced, it wasn’t just his straight left that’s powerful, his lead hand, when he hit me with a jab, it felt like a regular person’s right hand. Just like a regular right hand, it was like a thudding jab.
“It’s between the British fighters I guess – Till and Daley – but I’m gonna lean towards Till. Till definitely’s got a little bit more pop.”