A lot of fighters dream of winning a UFC championship at some point, but that’s only part of what Darren Till aims to do during his career. In fact, if you want to talk fractions, that’s only 1/3…
Fresh off his sensational, first round stoppage win over Donald Cerrone last month, Till was in studio on Monday for “The MMA Hour”. During the interview, the 24 year-old welterweight reported he hopes to set a new benchmark, in terms of winning UFC championships in different divisions (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“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.”
Those are some pretty lofty goals. But why not right? Since BJ Penn, Randy Couture and Conor McGregor have won UFC championships in more than one division, doing so in three would truly set you apart. One would assume Till’s thinking belts at 170, 185 and 205?
Of course, many would argue that for now, Till should just focus on winning the belt at 170, especially since he hasn’t truly been vetted yet in the Octagon. Sure, the talented striker has scored some impressive wins, and he took out Cerrone, but, it will be interesting to see how Till does against top notch wrestlers.
Since Till’s win over Cerrone, he’s expressed an interest in facing Mike Perry and Stephen Thompson, but both of those men aren’t known for shooting double legs.
With the victory over Cerrone, Till moved his overall record to 16-0.