Darren Till Plans To Dispose Jorge Masvidal, Then He Hopes To Fight “D*ckhead” Colby Covington And Israel Adesanya
But it looks like “The Gorilla” changed his mind. Darren Till recently spoke on Michael Bisping’s podcast, where he said the weight cut for Tyron Woodley fight wasn’t particularly hard. For now, the British striker plans to remain at 170. (h/t MMAFighting.com)
“I’m definitely gonna fight at 185, just because I made such a big deal out of the cut myself, obviously because I missed weight out in Liverpool,” Till said. “But the cut turned out to be surprisingly easy [for Woodley]. It was just easy. So I can still stay at welterweight for a few more fights. That’s what I’ve got in my head and then obviously move up to 185. But for now, I can still make the welterweight cut so I think I’m going to stay at welterweight.”
Jorge Masvidal recently challenged Till on Twitter. “The Gorilla” seemingly accepted it.
@darrentill2 I hear you having the same probs I am trying to find someone to fight you in your backyard. I love fighting in other peoples backyards. I’m game if ufc can make it happen
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) January 14, 2019
— D (@darrentill2) January 14, 2019
Darren Till is interested in a fight versus Jorge Masvidal first. Then he thinks of meeting Colby Covington, but only if “Chaos” is “brave enough”.
“If I beat Masvidal, if I fight him, and then if Colby finds some balls, fight him maybe,” Till said. “We’ll see what happens. I’m not eager to straight away fight and then get a rematch with the champion. I just want to beat everyone. I want to beat everyone so there’s no questions left.”
“Chaos” won UFC Interim Welterweight title by defeating Rafael dos Anjos at the co-main event of UFC 225. But he was unable to fight Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 due to nasal surgery, so he was stripped.
Covington was the first in line to fight “The Chosen One”, but despite the two went back and forth on social media for a long time, UFC set Kamaru Usman for a title shot versus Tyron Woodley at the co-main event of UFC 235.
Usman defeated Rafael dos Anjos at the main event of TUF 28, and UFC was thrilled with his dominant performance versus Brazilian. Also, the Nigerian was willing to fight anyone on a short notice in January. These two things gave him advantage over Colby Covington. Read the tweet below.
In the end, while Colby Covington was ready to go for 235, UFC chose to go with Usman because his stock rose mightily in their eyes after the RDA win + his subsequent willingness to fight anyone on short notice in January despite being injured. Covington held out and it cost him.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 6, 2019
But “Chaos” didn’t take this friendly. He was furious and trashed “lying Dana White” and UFC.
Darren Till agrees UFC played Colby Covington out. But Till also thinks Covington’s angry reaction just shows how soft he actually is.
“Aside from the fact Colby’s a d*ckhead, I think he did deserve the shot because he did beat a lot of guys to get there and obviously he did win the interim belt and he was only stripped of that when I fought Woodley,” Till opined. “I’ll be honest, I think he’s scared to fight Woodley. I don’t think he wants the fight. I think he’s making out that he wants the fight but I don’t think he wants the fight. I think he wants to fight on his terms. That being said mate, it’s the UFC you’re talking about. There’s no terms negotiable. If they want you to fight, you have to fight unless you can come up with a good injury or excuse. It is how it is.
The British striker has fantastic friendly advice for Colby Covington.
“If you want to create a bad boy persona, don’t let people throw boomerangs at you in Australia, because if someone’s done that to me, mate, that’s a f*cking face off, so he’s not really that much of a bad boy is he?”
If Darren Till decides to move up to 185 in the future, there is one fighter he’s especially interested in – Israel Adesanya.
“‘Stylebender’,” Till said. “I’m always asking Sean [Shelby] for the biggest and the hardest challenges. Obviously, you seen that in my last fight against the champion. I just want to fight the best and right now at middleweight, Stylebender is one of the best. Not all around but I think striker versus striker, me coming from a striking background and himself, I just think it would be a good matchup. That’s definitely a fight I want in the future.”
What are your thoughts on Till Vs Masvidal? Would you rather see Darren Till fighting Colby Covington or Israel Adesanya next?