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Darren Till finally responded to Kamaru Usman today in the rare Twitter war that was both honest, respectful, and also just hilarious trash talk. Till took the rare tack of admitting to all Usman’s claims, saying he was scared of the Nigerian Nightmare, and somehow still managed to roast him at the same time.
Usman started out by calling Till out for beating a lightweight in Donald Cerrone and not wanting to fight him, then made a more general callout to the 170-lb. division. Till freely admitted that he is scared of Usman... then slyly reminded us that Usman claimed he fought his last fight at 30% health, a claim Dana White slammed him for.
I’m sorry mate, truth is I’m scared of you! At 100% I could imagine you to be a monster so fuck that shit. I’m scared of wrestlers! And your striking is great aswell! Weird that you called out Colby after your last fight and not me tho ♂️ #UsmanTheTwitterTalker— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 21, 2018
Usman threw in Colby Covington’s name, but Colby has been assiduously avoiding a fight with the fellow standout wrestler, so Usman turned to Till.
I’m a bitch who will come to rip your fucking head off, you will fake to want to fight with me and try to shag my leg off... I am finally ready to get over my fears and fight you. You beast! @seanshelby #UFCLiverpool— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 21, 2018
What do you want everyone to say mate? That your a beast? Yes you are. You are a really good fighter I respect that... but stop thinking your some animal that is gonna destroy everyone, your last fight was fucking shit so shut up— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 21, 2018
Everything about this response was hilarious. Till starting out with respect, then roasting Usman for his most recent performance legitimately made me chuckle. But this conversation was far from over. Till admitted he was worried that Usman would pretend he wanted to fight, then end up wrestling him. Despite that, he is ready to face his fears and deal with Usman.
You're a cheap version of Connor. All this fake hype because you beat a washed up lightweight.— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) March 21, 2018
UFC record (4-0-1) 2 finishes 1 draw and don't forget you couldn't make weight.
Me (7-0) more 10-8 rd than you have ufc fights.
For all his admitted ‘fear’, Till doesn’t think Usman can hold him down for five rounds, and strongly feels he has an advantage in the striking department.
I won’t get leg humped for 25 minutes. Even if he can get me down once or twice, can he keep me there? Cos when I get back up he knows I’ll fuck him up.— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 21, 2018
The exchange continued...
Difference between me and @USMAN84kg is... I know he’s a tough fight! He thinks he is just gonna walk over me... hahaha what a guy, you have to love him! Keep your guard up GANGSTER!!— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 21, 2018
If you welcome it stop talking all kinds of shit. Have some respect and stop being a jealous man just because there is a little more attention on me for beating a lightweight. Ye, your @ufc record is better than mine! An what, who gives a fuck!!— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 21, 2018
Ok mate your right, your the real savage, the real gangster etc... what more you want? I’ve just agreed to everything your saying. I’ve gave you respect. Your a great fighter ye. I said your record is better than mine and your still talking shit haha. Go to sleep kamara.— Darren Till (@darrentill2) March 21, 2018
Till’s opponent for his hometown Liverpool headliner is still To Be Determined. With this exchange, it certainly appears one good matchup would be this fight between two rising prospects in the division. It would represent a good test for Till’s wrestling, and a stern challenge for Usman’s neophyte striking.
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