Darren Till says Ben Askren is 'a wanker' who's trying to demean him

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Darren Till hasn’t given up completely on welterweight, but he’s giving his body a break with a move to middleweight.

Till on Wednesday announced he’s “probably” done fighting at 170 pounds and will move up to the middleweight division, where he estimates he’ll be healthier and faster.

In a blog posted for Paddy Power, a sponsor, Till (17-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) said he can still make welterweight, but the effects of the weight cut are too severe to ignore.

“I’m just a big lad, so I just have to be on such a strict, regimented diet and being honest, I don’t like doing it,” Till wrote. “People might say ‘he’s not disciplined enough,’ but because I have to cut so much weight I can only eat the bare minimum of food, and that’s not how I want to be training.

“The move up will help me keep my head more relaxed over the weight cut, and I’ll be training more with a smile on my face, so I’m looking forward to going to middleweight.”

In the buildup to his previous fight, a short-notice shot at the welterweight title against champ Tyron Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) at UFC 228, Till publicly complained about his weight cut and said he eventually would move to middleweight even if he won the belt. Woodley won the fight via second-round submission.

Till hasn’t let go of the idea that he could face Woodley down the road.

“I’ll have a few fights at middleweight and you never know, down the line if Woodley is still about then I can have another go at him – that’s a rematch I want,” Till said.

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