Former welterweight contender Darren Till has had a rough time getting into the win column lately. Coming off of back-to-back losses in the welterweight division, Till was expected to make some noise when he moved up to middleweight. Since then, he has gone 1-2 in the division. His most recent defeat came against Derek Brunson in September. He lost via submission in round three.
Despite the recent setbacks, Till is primed to take on another top contender in his next bout, anticipated for March 2022. The UFC has given Till multiple options according to the fighter, but there is one man he would like to step into the cage with, Sean Strickland.
“There were a few options they threw out to me. One fight I really liked was Sean Strickland,” said Till while appearing on Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast. “They offered him as well, and I actually said to Sean – because I’ve seen him a few times at the UFC – I said, ‘Sean, if you want to get it on at some point, let’s do it because I think you’re a good fighter, I think it would be a good fight.’ So listen, I’m still fighting the top and that’s how it is.”
“I’m good. Listen, losses are part of life and you have to take them losses,” said Till. “That was a tough loss to take. No disrespect to Derek, he was the better man on the night, but it was a tough loss. I know I can win that fight easily on me best day and that’s just it. I know it sounds so cliché but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and all these things, they’re all just allowing for better things for me. I enjoy the setbacks and this is another setback, but I don’t ever want to have another setback in me MMA career again…”
Still Fighting at the Top
Sean Strickland (24-3) who also competed in the welterweight division before making the move to middleweight, is riding a five-fight win streak including a victory of Uriah Hall via unanimous decision in July. While Strickland has been working his way up the middleweight rankings, it has been his antics outside of the cage that has gotten the most attention lately.
No official announcement has been made. The event in March is rumored to take place in London, but the UFC has not made an official statement on the venue or location.
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