Former UFC welterweight title challenger, Darren Till has denied claims from Uriah Hall that he turned down the opportunity to stand opposite him at UFC London in March at the middleweight limit. And maintains that once he returns to active competition, Hall will get his chance to face him.
Till, who finds himself in the midst of a two-fight losing run, has been sidelined since September where he dropped a largely one-sided UFC Vegas 36 headlining loss to UFC 271 main card feature, Derek Brunson – suffering a rear-naked choke loss.
The defeat came after a decision loss to former division champion and UFC 271 headliner, Robert Whittaker back in July of 2020 on ‘Fight Island’.
The Team Kaobon mainstay has been plagued by injuries since his loss to Whittaker, including a knee injury suffered in that bout which forced him from a December 2020 return against recent main event feature, Jack Hermansson.
To boot, Till also suffered a broken collarbone just weeks out from his UFC on ABC 2 main event bout with Marvin Vettori back in April, forcing his withdrawal from the headlining slot as well.
And following his submission loss to Brunson, Till’s head coach, Colin Heron confirmed his student had suffered a knee injury ahead of his pivotal outing against the North Carolina native, and is set to be sidelined as he recovers from the injury.
Speculation last month linked Till to a potential return at UFC Fight Night London on March 19. in a rumored outing against Spanish Town striker, Hall, however, the bout failed to materialize, with Hall instead booking an outing against surging Brazilian, Andre Sergipano.
During a recent interview, Hall insisted that he was not interested in fighting against the streaking grappler, and insisted the only reason he agreed to the bout was because Till had swerved a bout against him.
“To be honest, it’s not something that I wanted (a fight with Andre Muniz),” Uriah Hall said. “I wanted Darren Till but he’s just being a punk-ass b*tch and I don’t know what happened. He’s just playing the UFC or whatnot. But he’s the guy I wanted. It makes sense.”
“I wanted him (on the London card) but I think he’s just scared,” Uriah Hall said. “I think he’s really scared. Either that or he’s injured or some sh*t. He’s always making excuses. That’s how I look at him. He talks smack but I know when I stand in front of him he’s gonna be quiet. I know I can beat him. He’s short, he sucks, he’s ugly and I just know I can kick his ass.”
Responding to Hall’s claims in a series of tweets, Till maintained he had never rejected a bout agreement at the welterweight or middleweight limit, and warned Hall that would get a chance to face him when he returns to the Octagon.
“@UriahHallMMA brother brother brother, you just did a (sic) interview saying I am scared of you?” Darren Till tweeted. “I jumped up to middleweight and straight off the bat fought 2 of the best middleweights there is in (Kelvin) Gastelum & (Robert) Whittaker. I have never turned a fight down at WW (welterweight) or MW (middleweight).”
“When I return you’ll get ur shot, I’ll be returning 100% not 50% so stay prepared… what’s wrong with me talking smack?” Darren Till tweeted. “I’ve always talked smack & always backed it up by fighting the best. If you want to fight just literally DM me & we can set it up.”
“I have always DM’d all past opponents, Marvin (Vettori), Derek (Brunson) (Robert) Whittaker, (Kelvin) Gastelum, (Jorge) Masvidal), (Stephen Thompson) Wonderboy etc… DM on Instagram my friend and we can see if u are still chatting that same sh*t… @darrentill123,” Darren Till tweeted.”
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