24-year-old welterweight contender Darren Till made a huge statement yesterday (Oct. 21, 2017), knocking out Donald Cerrone in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 118 main event bout.
An impressive win over the No. 6-ranked welterweight will certainly launch Till up the divisional rankings, but he also acknowledges the fact that there’s still quite a few of contenders ahead of him. When he gets his shot to fight for the title, however, Till is confident that he’ll ‘take the champion out’:
“There’s so many more guys in front of me,” Till during the post-fight presser. “They need the shot first, and then when I get my shot, I’ll just take the champion out. But I’m certainly closer. I’ll ask for the title shot when I take the No. 2 guy out.”
With that being said, Till could find himself taking on fellow rising contender Mike Perry in his next outing, as the two engaged in a war of words after yesterday’s fight. They’ve also gone back-and-forth on social media in recent weeks.
Perry, however, is set to take on Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26 this December, and Till isn’t confident that “Platinum” will emerge from that fight with his hand raised:
“I didn’t call him out. (Perry) said ‘Cowboy’ was going to beat me on Twitter, and I said he wouldn’t. I was, in my mind, going to call out Mike Perry. But he got the fight booked with Santiago Ponzinibbio, who I want to fight as well. So I don’t really care about (Perry) now,” said Till.
“The fight can happen if he beats Santiago, which I don’t think he will do, and then we can get it on. But he has a fight right now, so I don’t really care.”
Now 4-0-1 in the UFC, who would you like to see Till matched up with next?