MMA fans might see the English mixed martial artist, Darren Till, fighting in the middleweight division in the future.
Speaking to the media Monday night, the welterweight contender revealed that he is setting his focus not just on his UFC 228 fight but also in taking on some good guys in the middleweight rank.
The Liverpool-native will challenge reigning welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of the UFC 228 this September 8. While the fight does not receive much hype like the Conor-Khabib showdown, a lot of MMA fans are anticipating that it could be one hell of a match.
Till has yet to suffer a single loss in his MMA career and currently holds a 17-0-1 record. Coming into this match, he is riding to a four-match winning streak after defeating Stephen Thompson, Donald Cerrone, Bojan Velikcovic, and Jessin Ayari. Meanwhile, Woodley has successfully defended his belt twice against Thompson and Demian Maia.
But Till is confident that he will end up winning the UFC 228 headliner and will take home the welterweight belt. In fact, he has already devised his future plans ahead of the bout against Woodley.
The Gorilla sees that he would soon leave the welterweight class. Till has missed the 170-lb limit twice in his past six bouts including his fight in his home soil against Thompson. And his upcoming clash with Woodley could be one of his last two fights in that division.
If he wins the welterweight belt this Saturday, he still wants to defend it before moving up to higher weight class.
“When I take that belt, I want to defend that belt and then I want to go up to middleweight, but that doesn’t mean that I want to go up and challenge the champion. I would like to earn my stripes in that division too. I feel there are a lot of good guys in that division.”
But he stressed that he wants to earn his stripes before getting a shot for the title. He also named the one fighter he does not want to face.
“There’s one guy that I wouldn’t like to fight, Yoel Romero. I’m glad he’s gone up, he’s a f*ckin’ beast,”
“I believe in life you have to earn your stripes. If I did go to middleweight in the UFC and they offered me the title I’m not going to say no. But I’m saying I’d love to earn my stripes, fight the top five, top ten. For me, going up to middleweight, I’m not focusing on the belt because I know I’m the best; I know I’ll win that belt as well.”
Watch the video promo for the Woodley-Till bout below: