Never one to be shy to share what’s on his mind, Darren Till did so again this past week at UFC 227. And he caught some flack for it from the MMA community.
One half of UFC 228’s welterweight title headliner will be the challenger, Liverpool’s own Till. After being a part of the UFC’s big 25-Year press conference the day before UFC 227, Till stuck around for the night of action as expected.
In a backstage interview, the undefeated rising star voiced how focused he is on becoming one of MMA’s all-time best. Which was a bit too extreme for some.
“You can’t have worries outside of this game. I’ve got a girlfriend who’s nearly seven months pregnant. I don’t really care. I’ve got a daughter in Brazil right now who I haven’t seen for one year. I don’t really care. I just care about legacy and greatness. That’s what I’m in this for.”
Whether or not Till really needed to have explained himself and his comments is up for debate. Regardless, the Brit did do so recently on Obviously Fight Talk.
“People just don’t understand how it works, high-level fighting. They look for any opportunity to be offended. It’s just online trolls. They just haven’t got a clue.
My girlfriend and my daughter, they know what’s what. [My girlfriend] was right next to me when I was giving that interview, and she was laughing.
Some people just need to stop trying to be offended. It might have come off as I don’t give two sh*ts, but right now, it’s all about me until September. I have to be selfish. After the fight, everyone knows it’s downtime and holidays and going to see my daughter.
There were some days I couldn’t eat because I just gave my whole life to the fighting, and it’s now paying off,”
Till will be challenging Tyron Woodley for the undisputed UFC welterweight championship at UFC 228 on September 8th.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/9/2018