What a difference a year makes. This time 365 days ago, Darren Till was an undefeated welterweight standing on the verge of his first ever world title shot — the result of which was little more than a mere formality, or so he thoughts.
Well, as Ferris Bueller said, ‘Life moves pretty fast’. A year down the road and after Till was resoundingly defeated by second round submission by Tyron Woodley in the aforementioned title fight and a further five months removed from a UFC London main event defeat to Jorge Masvidal, the Liverpool man is figuring out his next move.
Enter former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler. On the back of a pair of defeats to a pair of the divisions’s best grapplers, Colby Covington and Ben Askren, Lawler would most likely welcome a return to the striking arena in which on which he has built his reputation for nearly two decades.
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And speaking to the Eurobash podcast via MMA Fighting, Till outlined exactly how much he would like the opportunity to face someone he says was an inspiration to him growing up as a young fighter in England.
“That’s a great fight, mate,” Till said of a potential bout with Lawler. “I called Robbie out not so long ago and he’s a childhood hero; I grew up watching him. That would be spectacular, mate. It really would.”
As for when this fight, or any other, might happen? Till says he would like to return in this calendar year, ignoring calls that some sections of the media made for him to take an extended spell on the sidelines due to the sheer velocity of the punch which knocked him unconscious in England’s capital city last March.
“One hundred million percent, [I’ll fight] before Christmas. I’m ready to go right now one hundred percent [I’ll be back] before Christmas.”