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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020

Darren Till’s Hoping to Secure Backup Spot For Israel Adesanya – Yoel Romero Bout

Darren Till (photo via YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Darren Till still has to sort out a visa, but the British middleweight is hoping to serve as the backup fighter for the upcoming bout between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero.

Recently there were reports that the UFC was looking at having Till fight Jared Cannonier at the March 7th, UFC 248 event. But, more recently Cannonier announced he’s torn his pectoral muscle and that he needs to underdog surgery.

Till appeared on Ariel Helwani’s “MMA Show” on Monday, and during the interview, the Liverpool star said this (quote via MMA Junkie):

“I just want to fight March 7th,” Till said while referring to the title fight between the middleweight champ Adesanya and Romero. “I’d just love to be the backup and just get out there and cut weight and just see what happens with that fight.”

“I can’t see Yoel missing weight. I can’t see it, but you know how many people were so convinced I’d miss weight against Woodley, and they had Usman as a backup, you know what I mean,” Till said. “… I’d just love to be there and see that fight live. I can’t even go. I can’t even be a spectator. That’s what’s pissing me off so much.

“I’m not cutting weight. I’m just staying my weight,” Till added. “My weight’s been quite low anyway. I’m just keeping my weight as low as … I’m training hard twice a day. I’m just staying ready for anything, whatever and as soon as Mick (Maynard) said to me Jared was injured, I was like, ‘Ok, I’ll be the backup.’”

The 27-year-old Till (18-2-1) is coming off a decision win over middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum in November.

posted by FCF Staff @ 7:00 am
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