On Covington: “He wanted everything on his terms. The UFC didn’t want that.”
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Darren Till’s profile has definitely risen in the wake of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s announcement that he would be taking on 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 on September 8, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Only a few weeks ago, fans were gearing up to see the unifying of the welterweight title between Woodley and recent interim champion Colby Covington. However, Covington couldn’t make the September date due to recent surgery and rather than wait for him to recover, UFC matchmakers decided to award the shot to Till who is coming off his biggest win of his career, a unanimous decision victory over Stephen Thompson back in May.
Till appeared on a recent episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and claimed the UFC didn’t want to wait for Covington to recover from surgery because he was making too many demands.
“I believe Colby has missed his opportunity,” Till said [h/t BJPenn.com for transcription]. “It is a sad situation. It’s unfortunate for Colby. He is the rightful owner of the interim belt. He beat [Rafael] dos Anjos, but sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it.
“He wanted everything on his terms,” Till added. “The UFC didn’t want that, so he’ll have to sit out now.”
The confident 25 year-old believes after Covington secured the interim belt with his dominant victory over Rafael dos Anjos in June he went quiet all of a sudden after Woodley spoke about him in the media.
“You just can’t talk all that much shite about how you’re going to beat this champion, you beat him in sparring and whatever, and then the champ responds, Woodley responds, and the fight just sort of flutters off into the air,” Till said. “It doesn’t seem to work like that. As soon as Colby beat dos Anjos, Woodley called Colby out. That was there, that was made, Woodley was game, and it just doesn’t happen. So there’s the second guy, me, Darren Till. I’m ready, so that’s all I think about. I don’t give a f*ck about any of that sh*t. I just want to go in there on the 8th of September and prove why I’m the best fighter alive right now.”
Till believes there is no one in the division that can beat him and doesn’t see Woodley as a real threat.
“Right now, there’s not a man in that [welterweight] division who can f*cking beat me,” he said. “There’s just not a man. And it’s certainly not Woodley.”