Darren Till Wants To Be The Backup For The UFC 248 Middleweight Title Fight


UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya defends the gold against Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 248.

Darren Till isn’t scheduled for a bout on the card at this time, but he is willing to be the backup for the main event.

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“I just want to fight March 7th,” Till said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “I’d just love to be the backup and just get out there and cut weight and just see what happens with that fight.”

Till was reportedly set to fight Jared Cannonier on the card, but Cannonier is going to need surgery and the potential bout was called off.

The fighter, even he isn’t getting the backup slot for UFC 248, would just like to be in attendance at the event to see what goes down.

“I can’t see Yoel missing weight. I can’t see it, but you know how many people were so convinced I’d miss weight against Woodley, and they had Usman as a backup, you know what I mean,” Till said. “… I’d just love to be there and see that fight live. I can’t even go. I can’t even be a spectator. That’s what’s pissing me off so much. I’m not cutting weight. I’m just staying my weight. My weight’s been quite low anyway. I’m just keeping my weight as low as … I’m training hard twice a day. I’m just staying ready for anything, whatever and as soon as Mick (Maynard) said to me Jared was injured, I was like, ‘Ok, I’ll be the backup.'”

UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 8 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow. 

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