Darren Till understands how distractions can hinder growth in an MMA career. When Till was a teenager, he was stabbed during a fight in a nightclub, causing his coach to suggest he move to Brazil to focus on his fighting career away from distractions. But despite his best efforts to block out all distractions ahead of his welterweight title shot against Tyron Woodley at UFC 228, he may have created one nonetheless.
At UFC 227 last weekend, Till was in attendance and held a media scrum in advance of his upcoming title fight. During the scrum, Till opened up about his mentality heading into the fight, saying that he didn’t really care about his family because he was too focused on his fighting career.
“You can’t have worries outside of this game,” Till told reporters. “I’ve got a girlfriend who’s seven months pregnant, I don’t really care. I’ve got a daughter in Brazil who I haven’t seen for a year, I don’t really care. I just care about legacy and greatness. That’s what I’m in this for.”
Those comments created a minor controversy, raising the eyebrows of a number of fans who took them at face value. But, on the most recent episode of the Obviously Fight Talk podcast, Till addressed his comments and the reaction to them, saying that his statement was misconstrued and he only meant that he was singularly focused on fighting until after UFC 228.
“It’s all about being selfish now until the eighth of September,” Till said. “It’s funny, I haven’t even really read what people are saying but my girlfriend is sitting next to me right now, laughing. It comes to sort of right to stuff like that when my girlfriend is laughing and it’s offending grown men and grown women. That’s just funny s**t. It doesn’t affect them.”
Till doesn’t stop there though. The Liverpudlian goes on to say that his family understands his mentality and supports him and that people making a big deal out of his comments are the actual problem here and don’t understand what it takes to be great.
“Me girlfriend and me daughter, they know what’s what and she 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. All right, it might have come out as if I don’t give two s**ts but right now, it’s all about me until eighth of September. I have to be selfish enough. And after the fight, everyone knows, downtime, holidays, going to see me daughter. It’s just people wanting to be offended.
“People just don’t know [what it takes to be an elite fighter]. In five week’s time, all my life’s work will have led up to that one moment. 15 years in the making. I couldn’t have got here without being selfish. I’m working so hard and I’ve had bumps in the road and there were many days where I didn’t - there were some days I couldn’t eat - because I just gave me whole life to this fight and now it’s paying off. People just don’t understand how it works, high level fighting. They look for any opportunity to be offended. It’s just online trolls who just haven’t got a clue.”
Darren Till challenges Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 228 on Sept. 8 in Dallas, Texas.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Great video with Till and Perry.
‘Let’s go fight’ The moment Darren found out he weren’t getting a massage with Mike Perry. pic.twitter.com/5iOzoHGqwB— bran holloway (@BranHolloway) August 8, 2018
I understand you’ve been offered the fight, I hope you can accept. @stipemiocic @ufc @mataleongmt I think it’d be a great edition to the 25th anniversary card #ufcdenver #heavyweightTings #letsscrap #keepingtherazorsharp #letsputonashow— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) August 8, 2018
Doesn’t matter what he deserves, Brocks getting the title shot, that’s the situation so let’s move on to actual possible matchups— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) August 9, 2018
I thought we were done with this foolishness.
Bring it! I heard they were handing out belts after Loma left your division https://t.co/fNnHPqFKJQ— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 9, 2018
Going up in weight September 29th vs rising star Aaron Pico.Respect to him,but it’ll be my hand raised as the winner, just like in this photo.I’m ready to shock the world and remind you I’m here to be a champion. To the Irish big mouth: don’t cry,I’ll fight you in your home next. pic.twitter.com/Z8njyabSnA— Leandro Higo (@LeandroHigoMMA) August 8, 2018
Well got me another new contract so I’m thinking I want to play PUNCH-FACE again soon... who do you want to see me dance with since @junior_cigano doesn’t want to.. @MarcinTybura ya keen????? Come on @Mickmaynard2 @seanshelby @danawhite @ufc @UFC_AUSNZ @arielhelwani @jesus pic.twitter.com/ooYUbBIBm6— Tai BAM BAM Tuivasa (@bambamtuivasa) August 8, 2018
Last weekend was amazing, I am fresh and feeling good no injuries. @SugaSeanMMA I see you want a fight on October 6. Unless the UFC are trying to protect you from a real fight, I am right here. @seanshelby @ufc @danawhite @mickmaynard2 #ufc229 #ufc #lasvegas #ufclasvegas pic.twitter.com/Ob4pwXP9RQ— Ricardo Ramos (@ricardoramosmma) August 9, 2018
Newell responding to Dana’s assessment that he doesn’t deserve another shot.
Tons of people lost on TUF & bounced back great. Dillashaw, Pettis, Shogun, Lesnar & Condit all lost their UFC debuts & ended up winning titles. Theres wilder shit in this world then a one handed guy competing w/ elite in MMA. I will prove I belong.— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) August 8, 2018
Tony tries so hard.
That is an interesting crew.
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