Darren Till Exclusive: I Dream Of Fighting Israel Adesanya At Anfield
Darren Till revealed his dream fight would be to square off against UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at Anfield.
The 26-year-old from Merseyside admitted he would love to take on the man who unified the 185lbs division by beating Robert Whittaker in stunning style.
Till, who makes his much anticipated middleweight debut at UFC 244 when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum, spoke glowingly about the Nigerian-born Kiwi and discussed a "legacy changing fight" with him.
"I just think if we were to break Israel down, I think he's got the whole package," Till told SPORTbible. "I think he's got the swagger, knows how to talk, he's an intelligent guy, he's a good-looking guy, he's smart - brilliant fighter, he's a showman. What more do you want from a guy like that?!
"That would be the dream fight - me vs. Israel. I think that would sellout a stadium and obviously look what it would bring to Liverpool. It would just be such a legacy changing fight. I think it'd unbelievable."
Till also challenged Conor McGregor to a super-fight at Anfield following his first professional defeat to Tyron Woodley, but the Liverpudlian has now changed his tune on a fight with the Irishman.
"I think we're both on different paths now," he added. "It would have been - imagine if it was at Anfield. Would have been phenomenal but I think he's on another path and so am I.
"I don't see him - I think he'll have one more fight and then he's done. He's made enough money."
Before a potential blockbuster UFC fight with Adesanya, Till's tasked with facing Gastelum and he's explained why he called out the former middleweight title challenger.
"He's one of the best in the division," Till said. "He's literally just fought against the champion Israel Adesanya. He took him five rounds; he nearly beat him. If I try to go any bigger, it's the champion so I'm fighting the best.
"If I beat Gastelum, that just puts me straight in there at the top. Look how many guys he's beat, he beat our former champion Michael Bisping so If I get a win over someone like Gastelum, I think I'm just there.
"There's no way other way of saying, I'm there!"
Till meets Gastelum in the co-main event at the stacked UFC 244. Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz headlines the massive card from Madison Square Garden, with Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque, Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivano and Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie, among other bouts, also on the bill.
Watch UFC 244: MASVIDAL vs. DIAZ on Saturday 2nd November, with prelims live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 10.15pm and the main card exclusively live on BT Sport 1 at 2am.