Britain’s Darren Till states he should have a title shot as he prepares to deal with Robert Whittaker in the final event at the UFC’s Battle Island on Saturday.
The winner of the middleweight clash is anticipated to then battle for the title, potentially prior to the turn of the year.
Till, 27, thinks he should face present middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who beat Whittaker in the Australian’s last bout in October.
” This battle ends with me knocking him out,” said the Liverpool fighter.
” When I see it, when I picture it, I do not ever see him knocking me out.
” It is necessary, I want the title, I desire to fight Adesanya but at the moment I am putting every ounce of energy, spirit and soul into this battle. Take a look at my resume – obviously I should have a title shot.
” I have actually never ever campaigned for it, however I seem like the stars are lining up. Where do you want me to go? In reverse? I am looking forward. If I beat Whittaker, I don’t wish to hear any other name apart from Adesanya.”
The creation of UFC president Dana White, Fight Island was established in a bid to continue hosting combined martial arts occasions throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 100 fighters flew to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island for four occasions in between 11 and 25 July, and they have dealt with strict security protocols because arriving.
‘ I made the kids peanut butter sandwiches’
It’s been over nine months since Whittaker, 29, went into the UFC octagon.
” I simply invested lots of time with my household,” he stated.
” I took my kids to daycare, selected them up and made them peanut butter sandwiches. I simply did all the little things I could not normally do.
” I think there’s a silver lining to everything and honestly I have enjoyed the method I have prepared for this,” he included.
Other Britons on the card
Also combating on the card in the early hours of Sunday early morning is Scottish light-heavyweight Paul Craig, who will deal with Russia’s Gadzhimurad Antigulov.
Manchester heavyweight Tom Aspinall, a previous sparring partner of boxing world champ Tyson Fury, will make his UFC launching on the initial card against Jake Collier, while Northern Ireland’s Rhys McKee likewise makes his launching versus Khamzat Chimaev following a late call-up.
Mike Grundy handles Movsar Evloev in a featherweight bout, Jai Herbert deals with Francisco Trinaldo at lightweight while London bantamweight Nathaniel Wood begins the program against John Castaneda.
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