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Midnight Mania! Darren Till bigger, better version of McGregor, still lives in his uncle’s spare bedroom

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In 2017, Darren Till went from a relatively anonymous youngster in the most crowded division in the UFC, to a standout contender in less than a round. That’s how long it took him to demolish Donald Cerrone, handing “Cowboy” the first three-fight skid of his career. In his previous fight, Cerrone had narrowly lost by split decision to Robbie Lawler. Till picked him apart with efficiency and elegance, crowding Cerrone against the cage and unleashing clinical one-twos until Cerrone crumbled.

“All the welterweights were jealous of that and calling me Dana’s new cash cow,” Till told MMAJunkie. “If Dana’s put a target on my back, I want that. I want people to want to come and fight me so I can beat everyone on my way to the title.

“They can say what they want because if they want to come and fight me, then come and fight me. But they’re going to have a hard night because I am hard (expletive).”

Till doesn’t want to be resting on his laurels, nor does he want to take the easy road to the title. When he talks about being a light heavyweight, he’s being completely serious; that’s the division he wants to end up in after rolling through welterweight and middleweight.

“In all honesty, I am too big for the division,” he said. “You could see with Cerrone, and I know he’s a former lightweight, but I am huge at this weight. I’m going to spend some time taking over at welterweight, but then I will move up.

“People think I’m joking, but I’m also planning on going up to light heavyweight because I still have years to go and I’m going to continue to grow. I want to be a three-weight world champion.”

A former Muay Thai champion in Brazil, Till’s pressure and style have drawn obvious comparisons to Conor McGregor, and Till not only agrees, but embraces the comparison. He thinks his long fighting style and accuracy makes him a nightmare matchup for another top contender, Rafael Dos Anjos.

“A pay-per-view against dos Anjos in Brazil would be huge, and I am totally up for it,” Till said.

“The great thing is, I would go there and beat him in a round because he’s designed for me and is just too scrappy on the feet. I think Conor McGregor would have absolutely annihilated him, and I’m twice Conor’s size. I’m also a similar fighter to Conor – just much better. I would kill dos Anjos, and I just don’t know what he’s doing in this division.”

He has thoughts on Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson too:

“I don’t feel like I’ve earned a title shot and, to be totally honest, I don’t even feel like I’ve earned a top-three spot,” the Liverpudlian said. “The only reason why I asked for ‘Wonderboy’ is because I think it would decipher who the best striker is (in welterweight division). But I don’t really care if it’s No. 1 or No. 10.

“He’s an excellent fighter, one of the best, and I don’t want to fight him for an easy route to the title, but because I want to test myself against the best. If he’s the guy to beat me and take all my momentum, then fair play to him. But I don’t believe he could do it.”

Till has clearly remained grounded since his breakout win; in fact, he still lives in his uncle’s spare bedroom. He’s even taking the bus to get around, since his car is in the shop. Unlike McGregor, Till doesn’t care about flashing his wealth on social media. He’s just here to work hard and talk shit.

“As long as I can eat and buy a pair of trainers (shoes), I’m happy,” Till said. “I’m a very content and happy man. I don’t care about the Mercs and Lamborghinis. You can leave that for the show ponies, who post all that on Instagram. I just want to work hard and talk (expletive).”


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