Till Is Tired Of Camp, Wants To Fight
In ten days Darren Till challenges for the UFC welterweight title against Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. In nine days, the Liverpool native faces a foe who has bested him in two prior fights, the scale.
Till has missed weight in his last two fights, once at in 2017, when he came six pounds overweight, and then at UFC Liverpool, Till missed weight by four pounds against Stephen Thompson.
Till moved his camp from Liverpool to the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, and the challenger has started to get stir crazy
“It’s s**t. It’s s**t. It’s f*****g, I hate cutting weight, I hate making weight, I hate dieting,” Till said at an open workout on Tuesday. “I’m gonna make this weight, so I can’t wait to [put up my middle fingers] when I step on them scales. I’m just, I’m in that moment now where I just, I don’t want to train anymore, I don’t want to eat good anymore. I just wish I had a hamburger in front of me, but it’s all sacrifices and I made a mistake last time. I just can’t wait to say f*ck you to everyone who just keeps babbling on about weight and, ‘He didn’t make weight, f**k Till.’ F**k them.”
“I’m just, this camp, as much as it’s been short, it’s been tough on me. So, I think just these next few days, I’m just in a bit of a mood. Because as I said, back home, I get to the gym, I do my work, what needs to be done, and I leave the gym and I don’t see anyone until late in the night. Now it’s sorta like, I feel like the cameras are always on me, I feel like there’s people always just nagging me here, there, everywhere. And it is part and parcel. If someone brought me a McDonald’s right now I’d cheer right up, but it’s what it is.”
When asked about Kamaru Usman serving as the official back-up for his fight with Woodley, he cared more less about Usman, and more about the scrutiny he’s received.
“To be honest, right, I don’t really care,” Till told reporters this week. “I feel like I’m the only fighter who’s ever missed weight in the UFC, to be totally honest. I feel like anyone, when we talk about weight now, it’s Darren Till, Darren Till, all of this. I missed weight — people just need to get off it.
“If Usman’s there and ready, and by some chance I miss weight entirely — Tyron said he wasn’t going to fight him, I saw, but it is what it is. They’ve got their back-up. Usman, they’ve told him, he’s doing what he’s told, so I’m just not arsed. I’m just focused on Friday, making 170, and then Saturday, going in and absolutely f*****g destroying Tyron Woodley. That’s all I’m focused on right now.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting