Darren Till To Sean O’Malley: Take Your Loss And Have Respect
UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley suffered his first pro loss against Marlon Vera at UFC 252, and Darren Till doesn’t believe he took it very well.
‘Suga’ spoke about the match on his podcast, downplaying his loss to ‘Chito’, and calling him a “f***ing journeyman”. But Till, who was in similar shoes not that long ago, thinks O’Malley could have handled the loss better.
Talking with Michael Bisping on his Believe You Me podcast (transcript by MMA Fighting), ‘The Gorilla’ commented on the way O’Malley has been dealing with the loss.
“You always have to give credit. I was saying something to someone before about Sean O’Malley with ‘Chito’ Vera, I really like Sean and I think he’s gonna be good, but you got beat, man,” Till said. “Take your loss, have respect, you will be a champion yet in the future, but don’t start calling the guy who just beat you a journeyman.
“I’m not throwing disrespect at him,” Till continued. “I think he’s a good fighter, but there’s two things that stuck out in my mind. One, is the way that he lost [with his ankle] and it just makes me think that I fought three complete rounds with a torn MCL. My knees are f****ed. I know what I had to fight with for those three rounds. I couldn’t use what I’m best at. I’m a master of movement and I couldn’t do it. I was there. There was no way I was going. Even when Rob took me down, I was in so much pain and I was like, ‘Get back up, get back up, get back up.’
“Number two, I just think the way he’s handling it after the fight, ‘Oh, he’s a journeyman, I’m gonna be a champion.’ Mate, just take the loss. Give the respect and you’ll be a champion. Just forget all of that.”
“We All Lose”
Till considers losses as part of the game, even for the best.
“The world’s best have all lost. Muhammad Ali, I even believe Floyd Mayweather lost, too, even though he is one of a kind. We all lost. I am one of the world’s best and we all lose. Take your loss, go back, come back.”
Till will try to get back in the win column himself on December 5th, when he is scheduled to fight Jack Hermansson. He expects nothing but a first round knockout.
“I want to be more strategic for this fight. I want to nullify what he’s good at and I’m gonna fight with what I’m good at. Whatever, mate, I’m gonna knock him out in the first round.”
Do you agree with Darren Till’s comments on Sean O’Malley?