Darren Till Wants To Fight Sean Strickland Or Jared Cannonier Next

Darren Till may be coming off two losses in a row, but he’s made it clear to the UFC brass that he still wants to go up against some of the best middleweights on the roster in his next Octagon outing.

They were like, ‘Who do you want to fight?’ and I was like, ‘Jared Cannonier is a good one,’” Till said on Michael Bisping’s, ‘Believe You Me’ podcast. “They were like, ‘Oh really? Jared already?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, of course.’”

Cannonier is coming off a decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in August and has now won four of his last five fights, leaving him ranked No.3 in the rankings, while Till is currently No.8.

However, that’s not the only in-form fighter Till is willing to throw down with, as Sean Strickland was also raised as a possibility.

“There were a few options they threw out to me, and one fight I really liked was Sean Strickland. They offered him, as well. I actually said to Sean, because I’ve seen him a few times, I said, ‘Sean, if you want to get it on at some point, let’s do it because I think you’re a good fighter. I think it would be a good fight.’ So I’m still fighting the top, and that’s how it is. We’re just grinding. That’s all I’m doing.”

Strickland is currently just one place above Till in the rankings, but has been on an impressive run of late, compiling five wins in a row.

Whoever Till does end up fighting, he’s hoping that it takes place back home in the UK, with there being rumors of a potential UFC event in London coming this March as the UFC starts to spread it’s wings again globally.

“Hopefully a good, solid card there,” Till said. “(I’d want the) main event, obviously. We’ll have all our guys on from Kaobon and all the other guys from Liverpool and all around the U.K. and in Europe, so I think that’s going to be a good card. That’s what it’s looking like, but we’ll see.”

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