Darren Till has backed Nate Diaz to beat Jorge Masvidal when they clash for the BMF title at UFC 244.
Masvidal, who beat Till earlier this year in emphatic fashion at UFC London, faces Diaz on Saturday for the promotion's inaugural BMF title in a genuine 50:50 clash in New York.
But the Liverpool fighter gives the edge to Diaz and tips him to take it on cardio.
"I think that they both bring similar things, but I think overall, Nate's got such a chin so has Masvidal. I know fighting Masvidal already. But I think over the five rounds for the BMF belt, I think Nate might just take it on cardio," Till told SPORTbible.
"But I've seen the way Masvidal's training now. He's doing a lot of cardio based training so maybe that's what he's training for.
"I'm just going to watch that as a fan but if I have to give my ten pence worth, I think Nate could just edge that."
Masvidal followed his victory over Till by stopping Askren in just five seconds at UFC 239, and the Brit reckons it's better for him if the veteran welterweight continues his impressive winning streak.
"Yes, it's better for me - the more guys he beats," he added. "it's like, I pulverized him for one round and then he knocked me out. I just want him to do well. I truly do. I'm not bothered, if he does well - happy for him if he does."
Till came up short in his UFC title challenge against Tyron Woodley and he's offered his thoughts on the BMF title which Masvidal and Diaz will be contesting for at Madison Square Garden.
"It's doesn't mean much to me. The UFC title is the one to win. That's the coveted - what we're all trying to reach."
.@darrentill2 vs. @stylebender at Anfield :eyes:
Had a chat with Till who wants to face the UFC middleweight champion in Liverpool.https://t.co/58YMTajHRV
- Nasir Jabbar (@NasJabbar) October 26, 2019
The Scouser also revealed that there will be no strenuous weight cut this week as he prepares for his middleweight debut.
"Hard but happier because there's no weight cut. Well, there's always weight cut but there's like no grueling, you now, putting my body under a lot strain and stress so I feel a lot happier and healthier. I feel very, very healthy," the 26-year-old said about his training camp and weight cut to 185lbs.
"I think the goal here is to cut less weight and stay healthy on the brain, stay healthy on the body. The less weight we cut, the healthier we are going into a fight so that's ultimately what it's come down to."
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.
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