Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos entertained fight fans this past weekend (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) at UFC on FOX 26 (see it). But just like Tyron Woodley, Darren Till was hardly impressed, saying that (again like Tyron) that he will knockout both of them. Till, though, one-upped the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion, saying he’d knockout both “RDA” and “Ruthless” ... in the first round.
“He’s good, mate. But, I just don’t see where ‘RDA’ beats me. His striking, he’s got nothing. He is half my size,” Till claimed on “The MMA Hour.” “Lawler, he’s just fucking taking shots for fun nowadays. I just don’t think those two fights are good fights for me. If them two were to ever fight me, I think I wold put them straight to sleep in the first round. That’s just me being confident and not cocky. Robbie is an ex-champion and so is Rafael. But, you know, their time has come. They have been round for a long time and it is time for the young ones to step up.”
In all actuality, at least one of those fighters’ careers hasn’t come and gone — dos Anjos is a the top of his game and will get next dibs at the Welterweight title currently held by Woodley sometime in 2018. As for Till, While he doesn’t have a fight lined up, the likely scenario is he’ll face Santiago Ponzinibbio next after the Argentinean defeated Mike Perry at UFC on FOX 26. It’s a match up Till welcomes, but says won’t be much of a challenge for him because, well, he is just too superior.
“He’s good, mate. He’s a good striker, he’s a brown belt on the ground and he’s got decent wrestling,” he said. “But, it goes back to the style, I’m far superior and far more intelligent. I’m not the strongest or a power puncher, but I’m just to intelligent for them, striking wise. If they manage to take me down, I just bounce right back up and the zap a lot of energy. I’m just a real pain in the ass for someone to fight me, mate.”
At the end of the day, the undefeated fighter (16-0-1, 5-0 UFC) says there isn’t a question he will be the Welterweight champion sometime in 2018. In fact, that’s so much of a foregone conclusion that fight fans should be wondering whether or not he’ll have a title in a heavier weight class, instead.
“Oh come on. None of them are going to bet me in the welterweight division. You should be questioning whether I am going to be the Light Heavyweight champion, not middleweight or welterweight.
As for who he wants to face next, Till says he will take on anyone thrown his way, as he hasn’t reached the age in which fighters have to start picking fights. And that wasn’t necessarily a compliment to his elder colleagues.
“I’ll fight anyone, mate — I really don’t care. Keep the fights coming, I’m only 24. I’ll fight anyone. This isn’t the time to be picking fights. That’s when you do when your at old age. I’m young right now, so let’s put the young guns together and let’s slug it out.”