Building a Legacy in MMA
Looking back, Till once paid the consequences of not focusing well on a fight. When he was a teenager, the English mixed martial artist was stabbed at a nightclub dispute, causing his coach to move him to Brazil to focus better on his training.
He told reporters:
“That’s just funny s**t.”
Literally interpreting what he means based on such words, a lot of fans raised their eyebrows.
Despite this, the 25-year-old fighter addressed his comments on the most recent episode of the Obviously Fight Talk podcast. He explains how people have misconstrued what he really meant.
“It’s all about being selfish now until the eighth of September. 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.”
Apparently, Till nows how much his family understands his mentality in the sport, supporting him all throughout. The actual problem as he sees it, are the people making a big deal out of it like they don’t understand what it takes to be great.
He mentioned in the interview:
“My girlfriend and my 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 my daughter. It’s just people wanting to be offended.”
Continuing he said:
“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 my 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.”
Ofcourse I care… I love my family, but right now it’s about being selfish up until the 8th after that the love for them is infinity.
— Darren Till (@darrentill2) August 5, 2018
Watch his phone call interview here:
Darren Till is challenging Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 228 on Sept. 8 in Dallas, Texas.