Israel Adesanya would only consider a quick return to middleweight for one man: Darren Till — and the Brit has some work to do.
Adesanya has his eyes set on the light heavyweight crown as he attempts to be the fifth man to hold two UFC belts at the same time. Adesanya
"To be honest, none of them except Till. I hope he keeps winning just so we can have that fight. I just like his style and I feel like if he wants to be that Muay Thai master and he thinks he can stand up with me be my guest," Adesanya told ESPN's Ariel Helwani in a recent interview. "I like Till, I like his style and I'd like to fight him but he's gotta win man."
Till's last fight saw him lose via unanimous decision to former champion Robert Whittaker.
Darren Till, currently the no. 4 ranked middleweight, is set for a comeback against no. 5 Marvin Vettori in an April UFC main event. If both Adensanya and Darren win, a potential middleweight championship bout could be in the near future.
Adesanya was asked about a possible fight down the road against rising Kevin Holland, which he quickly dismissed: "Oh no. He's way down the line. He's way, way down the line. But if he keeps winning I look forward to that fight as well."
The nearly 40-minute interview is chock-full of gems, including Adesanya making fun of former foe Paulo Costa's excuse that he was hungover during their bout at UFC 253.