Darren Till Believes Middleweight Opponents See Him as ‘Easy Money’

By Nathan Zur Nov 26, 2019
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Darren Till is back in the winner’s circle after his impressive victory over top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244. The win has seemingly returned the 26-year-old’s swagger.

Till defeated Gastelum earlier this month via split decision in his UFC debut in the middleweight division, although the win was made even more remarkable considering “The Gorilla” was only allowed entry into the United States two days before the fight after running into visa issues.

The win snapped Till’s two-fight losing streak, which included his one-sided title fight submission loss against Tyron Woodley in 2018, followed by his knockout loss to the resurgent Jorge Masvidal back in March.

After claiming Gastelum’s scalp, the now fifth-ranked middleweight believes he’s become a target as opponents may view him as an easy money fight.

“The people forget the fighter I was before I got knocked out,” Till said (via MMA Junkie). “Forget the [Tyron] Woodley fight. People forget the fighter I was, what I done to the best striker in the UFC, Stephen Thompson, where I calm and calculatedly beat him, nearly knocked him out. Look at the performance he’s just had, or before that (Donald Cerrone), or before that all the European stars I was just taking out, or before that when I was in Brazil just taking names, or even before that. So now they’re all just calling me out. I’m the money man in the division.

“Forget the champion: It’s me,” Till continued. “They all know what they want. Maybe they’re all seeing it as easy money -- not a chance. Not a chance, mate.”

Till has been calling out former champion Robert Whittaker on Twitter, with “The Reaper” seemingly open to fight him in England. Other top contenders, including Jared Cannonier and Yoel Romero, have also been linked but Till says he’ll take his time to decide which fight is best for him.

“I’ll pick,” Till said. “I’ll just see who I want to fight because they’re all calling me out for a reason, so obviously I’m holding all the chips.” Advertisement

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