Former UFC welterweight title challenger, Darren Till has issued a response to current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya – urging the Kiwi-Nigerian to refrain from drug use, after Adesanya criticized Till for climbing the Octagon fence to celebrate teammate, Tom Aspinall’s UFC London main event victory.
Till, who cornered Atherton native, Aspinall in Saturday’s O2 Arena headliner against Russian striker, Alexander Volkov – watched on as his Team Kaobon trainee turned in his fifth consecutive UFC triumph courtesy of a dominant first round victory.
Executing multiple takedowns as well as successfully outstriking Volkov on cue, Aspinall, a former Cage Warriors contender turned in an impressive straight armbar victory over Volkov after assuming side control in dominant fashion.
Following the main event win, Aspinall was greeted on the Octagon fence by former welterweight title challenger and teammate, Till, who celebrated the Wigan native’s main event victory in the capital.
Reacting to the event as fights unfolded, Adesanya, watching from home, urged Till to get off the Octagon fence, claiming that it was not his moment to celebrate.
“Oh, sit down Darren Till it’s not your moment,” Israel Adesanya said. “Sit the f*ck down, it’s not your moment. Get the f*ck off.”
Replying to Adesanya’s comments on his official Instagram story, Till alluded to potential drug use from Adesanya, urging the middleweight champion to refrain from substance abuse.
“@Stylebender (Israel Adesanya) you idiot, @TomAspinallofficial asked me yo get on the cage with him,” Darren Till replied. “Keep looking down on me for my losses brother, it’s all good I’ll be here one day you watch… You haven’t looked the best either in ur last few fights stay off the cocaine it’s not healthy for fighters…”
Prior to Saturday’s UFC London event, Till, who is currently training alongside undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev – welcomed a return fight against Uriah Hall, and claimed that he plans to earn an O2 Arena main event against Adesanya in the early months of 2023 to challenge for middleweight gold.