Darren Till explains controversial remarks on focus and family

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Darren Till recently got a number of male grandmothers twisted into a finger-pointing fit, when some remarks he made to illustrate the single-minded focus necessary to achieve his goals were taken out of context.

“You can’t have worries outside of this game,” said Till at UFC 228. “I’ve got a girlfriend who’s seven months pregnant, I don’t really care. I’ve got a daughter in Brazil who I haven’t seen for a year, I don’t really care. I just care about legacy and greatness. That’s what I’m in this for.”

What he meant was, during this camp, he is so monomaniacally focused on his fight vs. Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228, that nothing, not even his family, can distract him. Till explained during an appearance on the Obviously Fight Talk podcast.

“It’s all about being selfish now until the eighth of September,” explained Till, as transcribed byJed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “It’s funny, I haven’t even really read what people are saying but my girlfriend is sitting next to me right now, laughing. ... my girlfriend is laughing and it’s offending grown men and grown women. That’s just funny s***. It doesn’t affect them.”

“Me girlfriend and me daughter, they know what’s what and she was right next to me when I was giving that interview and she was laughing. Some people just need to stop trying to be offended. All right, it might have come out as if I don’t give two s***s but right now, it’s all about me until eighth of September. I have to be selfish enough. And after the fight, everyone knows, downtime, holidays, going to see me daughter. It’s just people wanting to be offended.

“People just don’t know [what it takes to be an elite fighter]. In five week’s time, all my life’s work will have led up to that one moment. 15 years in the making. I couldn’t have got here without being selfish. I’m working so hard and I’ve had bumps in the road and there were many days where I didn’t - there were some days I couldn’t eat - because I just gave me whole life to this fight and now it’s paying off. People just don’t understand how it works, high level fighting. They look for any opportunity to be offended. It’s just online trolls who just haven’t got a clue.”

Till fights welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till on September 8, 2018, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.