Finding it hard to keep up with Darren Till’s laundry list of welterweight targets?
Fear not, because he’s here to offer you a quick summary.
“I want (Kamaru (Usman). I want (Stephen Thompson). If Gunnar (Nelson) was in the top 10, I’d want him – but I still want him,” Till told host Layla Anna-Le in the most recent episode of “UFC Connected.” “And obviously I want the champ, but I don’t feel I’ve earned that right at the moment. I want Colby (Covington), because he’s a snitch.”
None of it is breaking news. Since his career-boosting knockout win over former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone in October, Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) hasn’t been shy about voicing his desires – including names that didn’t make this particular list – like that of former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Whether it’s taking matchmaking into his own hands on Twitter or casually bringing up his goals of grandeur, the Brit is obviously fine with aiming high. Which is not to say he’s out of touch with reality.
“I want Colby, but I don’t think I’ll get Colby,” Till pondered. “Maybe Colby’s earned the right for a title shot right now. I don’t know. He’s like on a five-, (six-fight) winning streak, so no matter what type of guy he is outside the cage, he’s earned that right.
“Maybe I haven’t earned that right to fight Colby right now.”
For someone who isn’t that picky, it seems strange that Till remains unbooked since October. Especially considering that the unbeaten Liverpool native would seem like a shoo-in for UFC Fight Night 127, which takes place in London on Saturday. In fact, for a while there it seemed he even had a more-than-willing dancing partner in Nelson.
Till later told ESPN.com that an illness would have meant a shorter training camp. So he took his coach’s advice not to fight that night. He will still be in attendance at the event, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass from The O2 in London, but only as a guest fighter.
Despite not knowing what comes next, Till relishes knowing that people care enough to keep asking.
“I know that everyone’s anticipating the UFC’s next move with myself,” Till said. “Whatever they do, people are going to get excited about it. So that makes me happy. A little sense of achievement, that people are really looking forward to see Darren Till’s next move.”
Till feels good about his perspectives for 2018 – which judging by how 2017 went down, is understandable. After a long, injury-motivated layoff, Till came back with a vengeance, capping off a three-fight winning streak with the memorable demolition of Cerrone.
How far can he go from here, you ask?
“There’s not how far can I go; there’s how far do I want to go,” Till said. “Where do I want to take it? Do I want to just stop at welterweight? No. Do I want to stop at middleweight? No. Light heavyweight? Yeah. Eat lots of food – heavyweight? Yeah. I just want to fight everyone.
“I want to be the best ever. I don’t just want to fight four to five guys, make a bunch of money and just say, ‘I’m done with fighting.’”
Given Till’s big-talking ways, comparisons to yet another big-talking, fast-rising European name were bound to come up at some point. And, given how well life has shaped up for UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor, you can do worse than aiming toward that.
But Till? He’s aiming higher.
“For me to be the best and be the be considered the best of all time, I can’t just win one belt or two, because then people will just put me in the same level as Conor,” Till said. “I want to win three. That’s just an ambition and a dream, and I know I can do it and it’s possible.”
To hear more from Till, check out the most recent episode of “UFC Connected” above.
And for more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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