Mixed martial arts fighter Darren Till has spoken for the first time about his arrest in Tenerife after a hotel was reportedly vandalised and a taxi stolen.
The welterweight UFC star was arrested in April while on holiday with friends in the La Caleta resort after an incident at a hotel.
At the time it was reported that Till was with a group of friends who smashed up a hotel, and then stole a taxi.
The taxi – a Volkswagen Caddy – was said to have been been taken in the Costa Adeje area of Tenerife after the group of pals were turned away from a hotel.
Speaking to Fighters Only website Till admitted he was arrested but said that he did not do anything wrong. He said: “We went for a lad’s birthday, we’d booked it for a while and we went for two days.
“We were having a good time – it’s nice place – and we were in the hotel and there were other guys in the room.
“We weren’t having trouble but a bit of bother broke out – not fighting, the room didn’t get trashed and there was no criminal damage – but things were thrown.
“I won’t name names but a taxi was stolen and driven around the block a few times.
“I wasn’t there at the scene, I was somewhere else, I’d left the hotel but when the police were rounding people up they saw me and said, “Darren Till?” and I knew what was coming.”
Till told the website that one of the policemen was a big fan, and brought him some chicken and rice. He said: “They took me and my friends to the cells; one of the policeman trained in jujitsu and said: ‘Follow me on Instagram and I’ll bring you some food,’ – so I did and he brought me some chicken.
“They made me pay a scandalous fine, nowhere near what it should have been.
“I’m only human, I’m not asking for forgiveness; it was a stupid, silly thing, what most lads on stag dos do but the difference is I’m a well known character.”
Till, who went to Archbishop Breck secondary school, spent a week in hospital after being stabbed after confronting a group of men when he was 19. He later moved to Brazil to pursue his MMA career and teach Muay Thai, staying in the South American country for three and a half years and becoming fluent in Portuguese.
Till, who fights out of the Team Kaobon gym based in Wavertree, has a contract with the world famous Ultimate Fighting Championship brand.
In the interview Till, known as the Gorilla, spoke about how he was not properly focused while training for his last fight, and spent time out in casinos. He said that he felt a little ‘broken inside’ after his last defeat.
He said that he did not view himself as a ‘famous person’ but as a ‘well known fighter.’