Darren Till Says He Does Not Think Like Conor McGregor While Signing a Contract

Published 12/08/2020, 11:04 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Darren Till of England prepares to fight Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Darren Till has been in the UFC for five years now. In that short span, he has established himself as one of the biggest names not only in the middleweight division but also the entire UFC roster. His skills inside the octagon along with his personality outside of it make him extremely popular among fans. 

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Till made his debut as a welterweight fighter, but after an unsuccessful attempt at winning the title against Tyron Woodley, ‘The Gorilla’ moved up to 185-pounds. After two fights in the division, the British fighter recently announced that he would be moving up yet another weight class to light heavyweight. 

Read: Darren Till reveals a bizarre story when he threw a shoe at his mother 

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Darren Till speaks about his mentality when signing UFC contracts 

The UFC has faced its fair share of criticism regarding pay. A lot of athletes have come out publicly to state that they were not getting paid enough by the UFC. The likes of Jorge Masvidal, Jon Jones, among others, have hit headlines for the same earlier this year. 

Till recently made an appearance on a podcast with James English. While speaking about contracts and money he said, “As much as I love money and cars and watches and houses…. Every time I’m fighting and the contract comes and I have to sign it. I can imagine… for instance Conor McGregor I imagine he looks and goes right I’m getting that much.”

‘The Gorilla’ continued, “I don’t like to look at the money because I haven’t earned that yet. I need to earn that as soon as I fight…. Maybe there is a bit in me that thinks about the money and stuff. But, I do it to be the best….. At the start when I was fighting in like Scotland and getting 200 quid and 300 quid It was just purely for the love and to be the best…. At the start mate, it was purely for the love”

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As prize fighters, it is assumed that most athletes would ensure that the prize is right. However, it was interesting to hear a different approach to the game, such as the one Till has. 

Jorge Masvidal knocks out home favourite Darren Till in the second round at UFC Fight Night 147 at the London O2 Arena, Greenwich on Saturday 16th March 2019. (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What do you make of Darren Till’s approach to contracts and money as a prizefighter? Is this something that would hold him in good stead with the top brass and the fans? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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