Darren Till still doesn’t have a visa sorted to compete in the United States, but the popular middleweight is working on the process to get across the pond on March 7.
After fellow 185-pound contender, Jared Cannonier was forced to the sidelines with a pectoral injury, Till sees an opportunity to slide in as a back-up for the main event between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero.
“I just want to fight March 7th,” Till said, speaking on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “I’d just love to be the backup and just get out there and cut weight and just see what happens with that fight.
“I can’t see Yoel missing weight. I can’t see it, but you know how many people were so convinced I’d miss weight against Woodley, and they had Usman as a backup, you know what I mean? I’d just love to be there and see that fight live. I can’t even go. I can’t even be a spectator. That’s what’s pissing me off so much.”
Till made his divisional debut against Kelvin Gastelum last year, and surprised many with a solid performance to beat a dangerous contender. While he’s not sure if a chance to fight will come as soon as March, he’s still doing his utmost to be ready should one come.
“I’m not cutting weight. I’m just staying my weight,” Till said. “My weight’s been quite low anyway. I’m just keeping my weight as low as … I’m training hard twice a day. I’m just staying ready for anything, whatever and as soon as Mick (Maynard) said to me Jared was injured, I was like, ‘Ok, I’ll be the backup.’”