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Darren Till: ‘I’ve been offered Tyron Woodley and he turned the fight down’

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Darren Till claims he has been offered a fight with Tyron Woodley, but the welterweight champion has turned it down.

“The Gorilla” believes that Colby Covington has suffered an injury, which prompted the UFC to reach out to him about the title fight. Covington recently appeared on Submission Radio and revealed that he needed some time off and would be ready for a unification bout with Woodley in November or December.

Till took to social media to try and goad Woodley into a fight late Wednesday night. Speaking to MMA Fighting on Thursday morning, Till still has no idea if he will get his title showdown with Woodley.

“I don’t know what’s happening with Colby, whether he’s injured or not, but I’ve been offered Tyron Woodley and he turned the fight down,” said Till.

“That’s what it looks like to me and I’ve been on the UFC’s case about it. UFC want me to fight him, but he will not accept it. [UFC] didn’t mention a date or anything, but that’s the fight they wanted to make and he obviously isn’t into it.”

Till doesn’t quite understand Woodley’s refusal to take the fight, but he expects the situation to be cleared up over the next few days.

“I’m not too bothered about it, but I get a feeling that he thinks that nobody is worthy of fighting him for the title. I think he just wants to hold onto the belt for as long as he can. He’s going to have to make a decision soon. If he doesn’t want to fight me, who does he want to fight? It’s just me and Colby and Colby is injured apparently, so who is there? It’s a weird one, but I’m just waiting to see what happens,” he said.

“Maybe he wants to hold on for the Colby fight or maybe he just doesn’t want to come back — maybe he just doesn’t want to fight me. There could be many reasons but I think we’re going to find out what’s going to happen in the next few days. I’m not thinking too much into it at the moment because I want to have more information. I just want to see what it’s going to be, whether it’s me fighting Woodley or if he’s going to wait to fight Colby.

“He’s not getting the Georges St-Pierre fight, he’s not getting Nate Diaz, so who is he going to fight?”

The unbeaten Brit says he will happily move on and fight someone else if Woodley doesn’t take a fight with him.

“I’m not going to wait around for it. I’ll just beat someone else and see what happens. I really feel he wants to just keep a hold of that title.”

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