Darren Till put the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division on notice when he trashed Donald Cerrone at the UFC Fight Night 118 mixed martial arts (MMA) event last October in Poland.
While it would make perfect sense to bring Till (16-0-1) back for the promotion’s upcoming UFC Fight Night 127 card in his backyard of London, England, Till has yet to hear anything from UFC matchmakers.
One person he has heard from is fellow welterweight contender Kamaru Usman, though I reckon by his conversation with MMA Fighting, Till is not impressed with “The Nigerian Nightmare” and his post-fight comments at UFC St. Louis.
“He might be able to do that to Emil Meek, but he wouldn’t be able to do it to me. I’m twice the size of him for fuck’s sake. I’m twice as strong as him. Usman has been talking so much shit and his performance didn’t prove anything to anyone. He’s saying that he was at 30 percent, but once you’re in that cage your excuses go out the window. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling ill or if you’ve got a broken bone, you’ve gone in there because you’ve decided that you’re in good enough condition to fight. I don’t believe in any of that bullshit.”
See what Usman said here.
While Till may be uninterested in facing Usman, he’s certainly not opposed to throwing hands with Icelandic bruiser and No. 13-ranked Gunnar Nelson, though it may not help Till crack the top five at 170 pounds (he’s currently ranked No. 7).
As for Usman? He’s stuck at No. 10.
With Stephen Thompson out of the title race (for now), the welterweight division is still wide open as Tyron Woodley prepares to fight Rafael dos Anjos at some point over the next few months.
Can Till go all the way?