UFC Gdansk’s show-stealer Darren Till has spoken about his big plans for the upcoming years and how the lightweight champ Conor McGregor’s mindset has had at least some influence on his outlook.
Liverpool’s Darren Till managed to all-but-steal the spotlight entirely following his thunderous UFC Gdansk win over Donald Cerrone, but now – with the eyes of the fighting world upon him – he does not appear to be slowing down in his aspirations.
Till had attacked those members of the MMA media who had discredited him following his booking to face the veteran Cerrone but as he predicted before he achieved victory, there would be no questions in the minds of the public about who he was when all was said and done.
Cerrone provided Till with the type of marquee scalp he needed to make a name for himself but in truth, his credentials as a striker were beyond any doubt long before he put a clinic on Cowboy in front of the masses.
Now, with the world seemingly at his feet, Till spoke to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani about his plans for the future and in doing so, showed all the confidence necessary to achieve the type of feats that would be comparable to a certain Irishman who has taken the game by storm in recent years.
“I’m not like Conor in any way, shape or form, he’s his own man and I’m my own [man], but I believe everything I say. And when I say it I do it. I train harder than anyone. I put the work in.
“This has been a thought of mine for a few years now, for the last two or three. Just because of how big I am I know I can’t stay at welterweight forever and the way you see a guy like Conor getting the two.
“To me, now, that’s already been done, so now I need three. I need to beat him in that because when I say I want to be the greatest, I don’t want people to question it and go, ‘Well hang on, GSP, Jon Jones, I just want people to say, ‘Darren’s at the top, and they’re all below Darren.’ That’s what I see and that’s what will happen.”
The self-belief that Till exudes was evident from the get-go and though he claims he is not another ‘Conor McGregor-wannabe’, clear influence is taken from the visualisation skills the UFC’s lightweight champ has displayed over the years, something that the Liverpuddlian isn’t afraid to admit to.
“I’m talking about the Echo Arena, and after the Echo Arena, I’m talking Anfield. I know all of this will come true. This is what I know. It’s no bullsh*t. I know.
“When I say I’m going to beat these guys, I know it. When I say I’m going to be champion in numerous divisions, I know it’s going to happen. My mind doesn’t say, ‘Oh hang on, let’s question that.’ My mind also believes it as I’m saying it.
“Every thing about me believes it. When I get fights booked, and when I think about things, I just know it’s all going to happen. We can talk about the Conor McGregor manifestation, I probably do the same.”
Welterweight is perhaps the promotion’s most hotly-contested division right now but with aspirations for what we can assume is a step up into the middleweight and light-heavyweight ranks, it’s clear that Till’s ambition – if he is indeed successful – does not stop at 170lbs.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena