Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman doesn’t want to give Darren Till a shot at the title following his defeat at UFC Fight Night in London.
Liverpool-based fighter Till, who was coming off the back of a loss to Tyron Woodley in September, was knocked out in the second round after being hit with an overhand left during his bout against Jorge Masvidal.
The Welterweight division’s number two ranked fighter Colby Covington has been linked with a title fight against his long-term rival Usman, while Till – third in the rankings – had also been linked with a shot at the belt.
But Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz thinks Masvidal deserves to leapfrog Covington after the American’s impressive knockout of Till.
“We think Jorge Masvidal deserves the next title shot. Not Colby Covington,” Abdelaziz told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “Colby is a terrible person and doesn’t deserve it. Jorge just knocked out Darren Till like that? He should be next.”
Till’s defeat prompted television presenter Piers Morgan to continue his war of words with the Welterweight star.
The two have gone back and forth with insults in the past, and Morgan provided the latest jab by taking a dig at Till for going “a bit quiet” after his loss to Masvidal.
While Till failed to get a win on home soil, a handful of English fighters walked away from UFC Fight Night in London as victors.
Leon Edwards secured a split-decision against Gunnar Nelson in the co-main event and called out Masvidal after his fight, while Nathaniel Wood finished José Alberto Quiñónez via a rear naked choke in their Bantemweight fight.
But the star of the evening was Molly McCann, who became the first English female fighter to win in the UFC thanks to her performance against Priscila Cachoeira.