While there are plenty of professional MMA fighters who put money as their number one priority, Darren Till is breaking this trend as he fixes his sights on building a fighting legacy, even if this includes setting aside his family.
The UFC welterweight title challenger told reporters last weekend that his only goal as an MMA fighter is to become the ‘greatest,’ not the richest.
Becoming the Greatest
With Till one step away from claiming his first UFC golden belt, the 25-year old fighter is wasting no time in building a name in the sport.
He is currently training for his upcoming bout against welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley this September 8. The Gorilla has a strong resume coming into this match as he currently holds a 17-0-1 professional record.
Once he continues to rack up more victories, the promotion can grant him higher profile fights that guarantee a bigger paycheck.
But for the English mixed martial artist, money has never been his priority as he focuses on leaving a legacy in the sport.
“I’m not in this to make money, be a champion, leave. I’m in this for people to say at the end of it, ‘You were the greatest.’ That’s my only mentality. F—k money, f—k everything else.”
Till is certainly aware that leaving a legacy in this sport is a tall order. So by saying ‘f*ck everything else,’ he really means everything else including his Brazil-based daughter and pregnant girlfriend.
While other elite fighters like Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, and TJ Dillashaw used their families as motivation, Till has a different perspective. He believes that ‘he can’t have worries outside of this game.’
“I’ve got a girlfriend who’s nearly seven months pregnant. I don’t really care. I’ve got a daughter in Brazil right now who I haven’t seen for one year. I don’t really care. I just care about legacy and greatness. That’s what I’m in this for.”
Till will lock horns with Woodley next month for the UFC welterweight belt in Dallas, Texas for the UFC 228 headliner.