Darren Till might have walked into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 118 as an unranked fighter, but the Liverpudlian left the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland as a breakout star.
Till, who, despite his British accent speaks fluent Portuguese, battered Donald Cerrone in the main event. The 24-year-old prospect snapped the jab and landed repeated left hands before finishing ‘Cowboy’ with a barrage of punches at 4:20 of the opening round.
It was a huge win for Till and, oozing with confidence, the former K-1 European champion called out ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry in the post-fight interview.
After telling UFC fighter turned commentator Dan Hardy that he’s ‘the best fighter in the world’ and thanking Cerrone for giving him the opportunity to shine on the big stage, Till stormed over to Perry, who was ringside for the fight.
“You’re a lightweight!” Till yelled at Perry, who is on a two-fight KO streak and ranked in the top 15 at welterweight.
It didn’t take long for Perry, who was as animated as ever, to respond on social media, telling Till to be careful what he wishes for.
The boy went fishing for bass and got ahold of a shark. #BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) October 21, 2017
Perry, of course, is scheduled to fight Argentinian talent Santiago Ponzinibbio at the upcoming UFC on FOX card on Dec. 16 but, depending on the result, the knockout artist could go on to face Till in a grudge match next year.
Expect Till, who remains undefeated, to break into the top 15 following his upset over the No. 6 ranked Cerrone.