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Darren Till after UFC Liverpool: Stephen Thompson deserves title shot more than I do

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Even after defeating number-five ranked Stephen Thompson, Darren Till feels he is undeserving to fight for the title next.

After missing the mark during the weigh-ins, UFC welterweight contender Darren Till did get some form of redemption with a disputed decision victory over Stephen Thompson on Sunday night, in his hometown of Liverpool. But even with an official win over the number 1 ranked welterweight, “The Gorilla” does not feel deserving of a title shot just yet.

“I missed weight, so I don’t feel I deserve a title shot anyway,” Till said during the post-fight press conference (transcript via MMAjunkie). “I missed weight. So there you go, right away. I don’t deserve it. I feel like Stephen deserves it. Whoever wins out of the interim (title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington at UFC 225 should fight) maybe Stephen or (Kamaru) Usman. They deserve it more.”

“I still want to beat them all in the division. I want to come back and put that weight thing behind me.”

“I think Stephen deserves a go with the interim more than I do myself,” he added. “I know I’ve just beat him in a close fight, but give it to Stephen. He made weight and is still No. 1 and has beat more guys than me.

“Give it to him. I’m a realist. I’m not going to sit here and bullsh-t anyone. I’m not going to bullsh-t myself, and I’m certainly not going to bullsh-t you. Give it to Stephen.”

Till weighed in at 174.5, which was 3.5 pounds over the non-title welterweight limit. And even after the fight, it is something that he continued to regret.

“I feel like my win could be a little bit more right now if I’d made weight,” Till said. “I’m taking a bit off. No matter what – win, lose or draw – I’m taking a bit off. Because I’m ashamed. I am a professional, and I’m a big guy for the weight, and I’ve got to get it more under control.”

“I’ve made weight before … I’ve just got to get it more under control now. Adversity, good or bad, I’ll take it.”

With the win over “Wonderboy”, Till maintains an undefeated record of 17-0-1, with 12 wins by stoppage.