Darren Till calls out dangerous Khamzat Chimaev and Yoel Romero as Israel Adesanya says Brit’s striking is ‘beautiful to watch’
Darren Till has called out Khamzat Chimaev for a fight, after he has defeated Jack Hermansson.
The Brit, who lost a razor-tight decision victory to former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in July, will take on Hermansson in December.
Till has done what no other fighter at either welterweight or middleweight has managed so far and called out the dangerous Swede.
Chimaev exploded onto the scene this summer as he won two fights in ten days before blasting out Gerald Meerschaert in a matter of seconds.
Dana White suggested a five-round main event would be next, with both Demian Maia and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson mentioned as potential opponents.
However, Chimaev alleged both men had turned the fight down, while Michael Chiesa said it was not ‘smart business’ to be taking on the unranked 8-0 fighter.
Yet Till is not one to duck a fight and has issued a challenge to the UFC’s new superstar, followed by a message to long-term nemesis Yoel Romero.
“Rankings have never mattered in the UFC,” Till wrote. “Chimaev after I destroy Jack in December, if you are still struggling to get a match.
“I’ll give you a go at the big boys son!!!”
He then added: “F*** it I’m having a call out day today. Where the f*** are you Yoel Romero?”
One man who knows all about facing the dangerous Cuban is reigning 185lbs champion Israel Adesanya, who edged out the ‘Soldier of God’ back in March to retain his title.
And ‘The Last Stylebender’ is a huge fan of the Scouser and the way he goes about his business in the octagon.
“I love striking, and I love the way he strikes,” Adesanya told MMA Junkie. “Very basic muay Thai, and I mean that with all respect, but also his clinch game and his elbow game is advanced, but he sticks to his basic muay Thai.
“His left kick, his left straight, the way he curves his left. Beautiful to watch and yeah I take inspiration from a guy like that just in a way who he is.
“‘I don’t care, I don’t give an (expletive).’ That’s Darren Till. I take inspiration from that like yeah, don’t give an (expletive).
“When he fought Gastelum, it was (at UFC) 244 in New York, I think I was there live, he fought him and he said he didn’t care if he got knocked out and I was like that’s a dangerous man.
“I took inspiration from that because in my fight here as well, I’ve said I surrendered, I didn’t really care what happened after the fight.
“All I cared about was the fight and me staying true to myself and my style and not playing it too safe, but also not going too wild, but being balanced and being true to myself.”