Although the very idea put forward by Darren Till these days, concerning his fight against Sean Strickland, is very interesting, the American fighter does not share such an opinion. As a reminder, Till revealed in a Michael Bisping podcast that he wants to fight in March in the main fight of the event that the UFC will organize in London.
He mentioned "Tarzan" as the desired opponent. Already at the start, the idea of the main fight "does not hold water", since the clash of Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalayev was unofficially announced as such.
In addition, Till is currently in a position where he just can’t choose or give some ultimatums. He has only one victory in the last five fights, by a split decision against Kelvin Gastelum, so it should be in his best interest to remember what it looks like to have a hand in the air or even end a fight.
The latter has not been done for four years, since October 2017 and the victory over Donald Cerrone, at the expense of the “hype” built around him.
The paragraph above also seems to describe the attitude of Strickland, who is within a five-game winning streak and consequently sees no point in fighting Gorilla.
He revealed this through a post on Twitter. "Instagram blocked me, joked about a pedophile dying and I guess they didn't like it lol !!!! Anyways I'm not fighting Darren Till. I want Costa and if Costa can't put down the wine and cookies I want Jack.
"- Sean wrote Mentioning Costa, of course, he referred to the fact that the UFC intends to permanently move him to the light heavyweight division, which the Brazilian actually still opposes. Recall, on his fight against Marvin Vettori, held last month, Costa came with no intention of losing weight and in the middle of the week asked to meet in the category up to 93 pounds.
The Italian agreed to this and then defeated Costa. It all resulted in the UFC, apparently frustrated by such behavior, making the decision that Costa could no longer fight in the middleweight division, the one in which he unsuccessfully attacked the championship title last year.
As for Jack, of course, it’s Jack Hermansson, who last fought in May, when he defeated Edmen Shahbazyan. He is currently ranked sixth in the UFC’s middleweight challenger rankings, one position ahead of seventh-placed Tarzan. Till is in eighth place and Costa is in fifth place.