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The heat between Darren Till and Marvin Vettori doesn’t seem to be dissipating.

The two middleweights were scheduled to meet in last weekend’s UFC main event from Las Vegas but a collarbone injury suffered by Till in the lead-in ruled him out of the fight. Vettori, though, was far from understanding and outlined that he thought that Till may have been using the injury as an excuse — prompted a furious backlash from the scouser.

Instead, Vettori fought and defeated Kevin Holland on Saturday’s card, but Till certainly wasn’t overly-impressed by what he saw from the Italian through 25 minutes.

“As for Marv… sorry ‘ork.’ It wasn’t the prettiest win but a win’s a win and it means so much to him you can see,” Till wrote. “That fight told me he knew he couldn’t strike with me so he was going to try take me down. Even if he were to succeed in takedowns he wouldn’t have been able to keep me there.

“I would have hurt this man for five rounds on the feet. But hey who the f*ck am I to talk? I pulled out of the fight so every right I have goes out the window with that. Whatever happens for Marvin next, good luck I’m sure we’ll meet soon. I’ve got a fake injury to recover from and repair. See you all soon. All very soon.”

There is as of yet no indication as to when Till might be able to return to action, but it certainly seems as if there is an in-built rivalry for him to return to once he is fit. Till had been widely expected to be the next challenger to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya had he defeated Vettori, but the Italian — who lost to the champ by split decision in 2018 — is already forecasting a rematch of his own.

For now though, the summit of the 185-pound division is unclear — beyond the champion, that is.