Robert Whittaker is slated to fight Darren Till on July 25, 2020 at a Fight Night event.
The former middleweight champion has opened up on the upcoming fight and how he feels about it. Speaking with Submission Radio over the weekend, Whittaker stated that he has no hard feelings towards Till, but is taking the fight more seriously.
Robert Whittaker On Darren Till
“Honestly, it’s the same as it’s always been,” Whittaker said (H/T to MMA Fighting). “It’s cool how it’s a different approach, but I’m not really thinking about whether Darren’s a cool guy or not. Before the fight was lined up, it was cool to just josh back and forth, have a bit of a laugh at it, and try to make some interest for the fight, but once we kinda knew we were fighting, I don’t really care what sort of person he is. It’s one of those things where all I’m focusing on now is crushing him.
“For one, let me just say, I have no friends in the middleweight division. (Laughs). I can’t be friends with anybody I could be fighting, so let’s just clear that up. And two, mate, we’re in the fight game. It’s cool to be lined up with a guy that isn’t acting like a Gronk, but at the end of the day, he’s coming to take what’s mine and I’m coming to take what’s his. That’s the game we’re in. That’s the fight game, that’s the fight world.”
Whittaker was scheduled to fight Jared Cannonier at the UFC 248 pay-per-view but pulled out while Till is coming off a split-decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244.