Darren Till believes Ben Askren must earn the fight
This Saturday in the main event, Darren Till will be fighting in England once again when he takes on Jorge Masvidal. The Englishman is looking to get back into the win column after a disastrous performance against Tyron Woodley at UFC 228.
Although Till has a tough task in front of him in Masvidal, he has taken to Twitter to set up his next fight in Ben Askren. Askren, who is coming off of a controversial win at UFC 235 over Robbie Lawler, is in London and has been asking for the winner of this fight. Even though Askren is undefeated, Till doesn’t believe he has earned the right to fight him.
“He can call out, but he’s gotta work his way up the ranks as well,” Till told MMA Fighting. “It all depends on who I want to fight next — not him. He only has one fight in the UFC. He needs to work his way up.”
Meanwhile, the two have gone back-and-forth on social media calling each other out ever since Askren got into the UFC. But Till isn’t worried about that, rather he is worried about the fight.
“I don’t give a f*ck,” Till said of the social media exchanges. “It’s not personal to me. It’s all business. So, my attention is on the welterweight gold. He gets a bit of attention like any welterweight gets attention. Obviously, Masvidal gets the most attention. It’s just business as usual.
“I think he’s just promoting. Ben is a smart guy. I don’t know if he hates me. If he does, that’s just up to him. I don’t really give a f*ck about Ben any. I couldn’t care less what he’s doing, what he’s saying. I just reply when he tries to beef it up and it’s all good. It’s all business from me.”
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