Israel Adesanya is still keen to defend his UFC Middleweight title against Darren Till despite Till’s defeat to Robert Whittaker.
Till put on a brave and determined performance against former champion Whittaker in the main event of the last card played at UFC’s Fight Island.
Whittaker was taken at a distance by the Liverpudlian and scored 48-47 by all three judges, despite having to get off the mat in the last round. He won his first game since dropping the title to Adesanya in October 2019.
Probably there is a call for Whittaker (22-5-0) to earn another crack with Adesanya, who himself went to social media to express his wish to ever go up against Till.
“I still want to fight one day,” he posted on Twitter. “His stroke is beautiful. Stay on Darren! “
I still want to fight for one day.
His percussion is beautiful.
Stay on Darren!
– Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) July 26, 2020
Till (18-3-1) has now lost three of his last four fights, but his performance against Whittaker is unlikely to damage his stock too much.
The 27-year-old believes he has shown that he is at championship level and wants to fight Whittaker again if he doesn’t get the rematch with Adesanya.
“There are a few fights there. If Rob doesn’t get a title, I would really enjoy going to New Zealand and fighting him again, “said Till.
“It was a close fight against a former champion, but I’m up there. I showed how clinically good I am at hitting. ”