Darren Till Doesn’t ‘Give A F*** About Ben Askren’
Since signing with the UFC at the end of last year, Ben Askren has been calling out half the welterweight division on a regular basis. And one name who has had his fair share of call outs from the former ONE Championship and Bellator champion, is Darren Till. Who has given as good as he gets, in their Twitter exchanges. You can see some their most recent exchange of words here.
Despite calls to give Robbie Lawler an immediate rematch, after the controversial win over the former UFC welterweight champion, Askren has expressed his desire to fight the winner of this weekend’s UFC London main event between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal.
However, if Till wins at the O2 this weekend, he has no intention of fighting Askren next. As he told MMA Fighting.
“He can call out, but he’s gotta work his way up the ranks as well. It all depends on who I want to fight next — not him. He only has one fight in the UFC. He needs to work his way up.”
Although Til is concentrating on Masvidal, he has no problem with going back and forth with Askren on social media.
“I don’t give a f***. It’s not personal to me. It’s all business. So, my attention is on the welterweight gold. He gets a bit of attention like any welterweight gets attention. Obviously, Masvidal gets the most attention. It’s just business as usual.
“I think he’s just promoting. Ben is a smart guy. I don’t know if he hates me. If he does, that’s just up to him. I don’t really give a f*** about Ben. I couldn’t care less what he’s doing, what he’s saying. I just reply when he tries to beef it up and it’s all good. It’s all business from me.”
And whereas many fighters and fans have taken credit away from Askren for his win over Lawler at UFC 235, the Liverpudlian is giving Askren credit for the win.
“I don’t know [if it was] legitimate fashion. I think he won the fight. I think it was a good stoppage. But he definitely got a hard fight in Robbie Lawler. You can’t take the credit away. He did win the fight. The referee stopped it, so he obviously won the fight.”
If Askren and Till do fight, how do you see it going down?