UFC Middleweight Darren Till Responds to Israel Adesanya’s Call Out

Published 03/11/2021, 10:24 AM EST
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)


Israel Adesanya suffered his first defeat in MMA as a professional last weekend at UFC 259. Adesanya is now looking to focus on the middleweight division and has a potential opponent in mind in his next title defense. ‘Stylebender’ wants to fight ‘The Gorilla’, Darren Till, next term. Till is set to fight Marvin Vettori in a UFC Fight Night card in April. He needs to get a win in that to make himself relevant in title contention.

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The UFC middleweight champion moved up to the light-heavyweight division to challenge champion Jan Blachowicz. But Blachowicz’s size and strength, along with how technically he fought, proved to be pivotal.

 

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The ever-entertaining star believes he must have done something right as the champion himself wants to fight him. ‘The Gorilla’ certainly has the star power to attract eyeballs. And of course, he is a phenomenal fighter. Stylistically a fight between him and ‘Stylebender’ promises to be a banger. Both fighters are extremely strong in the striking department of their game.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 02: Darren Till of England celebrates victory against Bojan Velickovic of Serbia after their Welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at Ahoy on September 2, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

But Vettori will be no pushover for Till when he fights ‘The Italian Dream’ next month. He is coming off a win against Jack Hermansson in his last contest. Anything of the same caliber will be troublesome for Till.

Will Darren Till get a title shot next?

Despite getting called out by ‘Stylebender’, it’s unlikely that the Englishman will get a shot at the gold next. Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa are also set to clash in April, a week after Till’s fight. It’s likely the former champion will get a nod ahead of Till if he wins. ‘The Reaper‘ has a win over Till to support his case and has beaten Jared Cannonier since.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (L-R) Robert Whittaker of New Zealand punches Darren Till of England 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)

But there’s no denying that ‘The Gorilla‘ isn’t too far away from earning his own shot. He needs to get one or two wins under his belt to get a crack at the championship.

What did you make of Darren Till’s recent comments? Would you like to see him fight ‘Stylebender‘?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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