It was once thought that Mike Perry and Darren Till would become the arch rivals of the welterweight division and eventually square off in a grudge match, but both men seem to be on relatively good terms for the moment.
In fact, Perry has a new found respect for Till after having sparred with ‘The Gorilla’ earlier this month in Los Angeles.
Perry and Till were both in attendance for the UFC’s 25th anniversary press conference in LA and ‘Platinum’ thought it a good idea to invite Till to a sparring session. Till, who originally — and rather hilariously — thought Perry invited him to a spa, was happy to oblige and the two welterweights threw down behind closed doors in a local gym.
Speaking to BJPenn.com in a recent interview, Perry confirmed that Till lived up to the hype caught him ‘with some good sh-t’ in their sparring session.
“I mean we all know he’s already good,” Perry said of Till. “You know what I’m saying? But I mean, I could let you all know, he’s good. He caught me with some good shit too. Took me to the ground a couple of times, things like that, you know.”
Perry still believes he will one day square off with Till inside the Octagon and, despite the notable size disadvantage, will not hesitate press the action and get in Till’s face.
“He’s so big if he doesn’t keep me at range or keep me at distance — and that’s the thing about Till, most of his fights I’ve seen the opponent didn’t want to go in the way that I do. You know what I’m saying?
“People are afraid to go in on him and get cracked. Not me. I go forward no matter who I fight. I don’t know how to fight really any other way. Going forward is what I do.”
Before there’s any talk of a fight with Till, Perry must first get past Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 139. The event takes place on Nov. 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.