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Darren Till is hoping to get his title aspirations back on track with a win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 and said he wants to use the stage to prove his detractors wrong after suffering back-to-back losses.
The 26-year-old will make his UFC middleweight debut against Gastelum in New York after his much-publicised struggles in making the 170-pound welterweight limit.
Till was once touted as a future champion and the next big MMA star to come out of the UK, but his losses to Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley have cooled those talks and even Ultimate Fighting Championship Dana White has stated that they may have pushed him too far too soon.
Till said at UFC 244 media day that he is hoping to use the fight against Gastelum to prove all his doubters wrong, who have written him off after those losses (via Express.co.uk):
“As soon as I beat Kelvin and I get on that mic, make sure your cameras are rolling because you’ll know what I have to say,” Till told Express Sport. “I’m not going to say it now, but I’ve got stuff to say to a lot of people.
“To a lot of people who don’t believe in me and are so quick to turn their backs. They know who they are and a lot of the casuals know who they are. And I certainly know who they are. Make sure the camera is rolling when that mic gets put to me and my hand gets raised.”
Till accepts that the fight may not go his way but if he can execute his game plan he believes Gastelum won’t touch him come fight night:
“Listen, I could well lose,” said Till. “It could be another knockout. There’s nothing really to say about that. Either it is or it isn’t.
“I know what I’m good at. And if I do it, Kelvin won’t touch me. He won’t. He simply won’t lay a glove on me.”