The UFC’s newest addition to their roster, Ben Askren, has called for a London showdown with Darren Till for his UFC debut.
If you told any MMA fan one month ago that the UFC’s most successful champion Demetrious Johnson would be traded off to ONE Championship in a deal that would see Ben Askren join forces with Dana White and company, they’d have likely called you a mad-man.
It’s was about as unlikely a switch-up as you could ever have imagined but in the time since news of the deal went public, Askren has been firing shots at some of the sport’s biggest names via Twitter.
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One of the more noteworthy miniature feuds he managed to land himself in came when he engaged in a back-and-forth with the former welterweight title-challenger Darren Till, who lost out in brutal fashion to Askren’s teammate Tyron Woodley at UFC 228.
Who the fuck are you ? I’ve had one loss don’t be thinking your gonna come over here and ruin everyone, trust me I would knock the curly hair out your head you hillbilly. https://t.co/ba9IvXu92t
— Darren Till (@darrentill2) October 25, 2018
@darrentill2 you have a good straight left, an average muay Thai clinch, below average BJJ, shitty wrestling and terrible cardio. How is it even possible that you beat me?
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 26, 2018
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of his ESPN chatshow, Ben made it clear that he’s not expecting to get his ideal matchups with the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov straight away.
In that case, he’s got his eye on a showdown with ‘The Gorilla’ in hostile territory.
“Obviously, my number one and two would be GSP and Khabib but I know there’s no way in hell I’m getting either one of those two first round.
“So I’m hoping to get matched up with this Englishman named Darren Till. He just fought for the world title, he’s ranked number two.
“I had a little Twitter fight with him. I think he’s significantly overrated. So I would like to fight him.”
“I’m willing to go to London to fight him, so we will see what happens with that.”
Till has had his eye on a move to 185lbs in the near future due to the difficulty he has been having in making the 170lb limit but even still, the prospect of being part of a fight with one of MMA’s greatest ‘What If’s’ must have some allure for the Liverpudlian.
That, or they could potentially take each other on at a catchweight – something that would make sense considering that Askren doesn’t seem too keen on fighting his longtime friend and training partner Woodley for the belt.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena