Till Looks At Middleweight Move
With the biggest fight days away, Darren Till is already thinking about what’s next. While talking with reporters for his workout at the UFC Performance Institute, the Liverpool based fighter claimed that “only a few more fights at welterweight and I’m done.”
Even though the welterweight championship is a UFC 228 showdown with Tyron Woodley away, Till is adamant that middleweight is in his future/
“I’ve said I want to go to middleweight. It’s just… I see a lot of guys and they’re chasing money fights. They’re winning titles and they’re calling either the higher or the lower category or they’re calling for that super fight,” he explained.
“When I take that belt, I want to defend that belt and then I want to go up to middleweight, but that doesn’t mean that I want to go up and challenge the champion. I would like to earn my stripes in that division too. I feel there are a lot of good guys in that division.”
“There’s one guy that I wouldn’t like to fight, Yoel Romero. I’m glad he’s gone up, he’s a f****n’ beast,” he said, before bursting into laughter.
While Till would obviously take a middleweight title shot if offered, he would prefer to earn his way to one by having wins within the division.
“I believe in life you have to earn your stripes. If I did go to middleweight in the UFC and they offered me the title I’m not going to say no. But I’m saying I’d love to earn my stripes, fight the top five, top ten. For me, going up to middleweight, I’m not focusing on the belt because I know I’m the best; I know I’ll win that belt as well.”
“I just want to win this belt. I want to defend it; I just want to be able to say that I’ve defended it,” Till told reporters. “You could be looking at two or three fights at welterweight and then that’s me done. I’m 25, I’m not putting my body through this for much longer.
“I’m here today, I’m great. I’ve got my chef with me and he’s doing a f*cking perfect job. I feel good. I just want to be able to eat some white rice. I’m just f*cking hungry — that’s what it is.
“As I’m getting older, I’m starting to see that it’s a lot of weight to cut and I don’t need to do it. I started at welterweight, I’m going to finish at welterweight and my ultimate goal is to be welterweight champion. In two weeks, I could be making that a reality. After that, I want to defend and then after that it’s probably me going to middleweight. That’s how I see my future playing out.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting