Darren Till Speaks About His Advantage: “It should be illegal what I’m doing”
Darren Till is a truly massive welterweight. If that wasn’t evident to people before he stepped into the Octagon against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone last weekend, it definitely was when the pair locked horns.
Although both men are six feet tall, there was a clear size difference between them: Cowboy, who until last year, used to fight at lightweight, was the much smaller opponent while Till’s frame made it look like he struggles to get through regulation-size doorframes.
Well, now the Liverpudlian has revealed just how big he is when he steps into the cage. Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Till claimed that last weekend, he was just five pounds under the light heavyweight limit.
“90 kilos,” Till said. “About 200 pounds.”
“I ain’t no welterweight,” he continued. “I’m a light heavyweight in the welterweight division. It should be illegal, what I’m doing. The UFC should ban it but they can’t because I do it naturally and I do it professionally, and no one can do a fu*king thing about it.”
How the hell does a 200-pound beast get down to 170 for the weigh-ins, you ask? According to the 24-year-old behemoth, it’s a piece of p*ss.
“Well I had a glass a coke before, so what do you think? It was easy,” he said. “The week of the fight, Ariel, I see every other fighter moping about, doing 20 minutes on the treadmill and jumping off, saying it’s because they’re tired.”
“The week of the fight, Ariel, I was still training three hours a day. I was training in the morning, I was training at night, I was cutting that weight.”
He did admit that his coach, Colin Heron, makes the path to 170 pounds easier to walk.
“My coach is the best coach in the world. He’s so scientific. He keeps me dry. That’s how I made the weight. I didn’t have to sauna this time.”
With his dominant victory over Cerrone, Till has leapfrogged him to number eight in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Immediately after his victory in Poland, Till and Mike Perry got into a heated cage-side altercation and the Liverpudlian used the opportunity to call Perry out.
Later, he took to Twitter to signal his interest in fighting super-striker Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.
Just gonna put it out there, but imagine the chess game of striking me and wonderboy would have? 🤔#HighLevelStriking 🦍
— Darren Till (@darrentill2) October 24, 2017
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