Darren Till (left) and Yoel Romero (Right), Photos: Per Häljestam & Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Till calls out Yoel Romero: “Let’s go!”

Despite what was joked about the the post fight press conference for UFC 244, Darren Till welcomes a bout with Cuban knockout artist Yoel Romero

Darren Till is shooting for the stars in the middleweight division, and they don’t shine much brighter than two-time title challenger Yoel Romero.

British star Till made his middleweight debut this weekend at UFC 244. He faced the incredibly durable Kelvin Gastelum, who was coming off of a close decision loss to now divisional champ Israel Adesanya. Ahead of the bout Gastelum was the odds favourite, and was perceived to have a substantial advantage in the wrestling department. Till, however, had a fantastic outing, shutting down Gastelum’s offence and landing several clean shots. Till ended up winning a split decision, that many felt should have been a clear-cut unanimous decision for the Brit.

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At the post fight press conference, when asked about his next step in the division, Till joked about not wanting to fight Yoel Romero on account of the Cuban being “a beast”. It seems that was all jest, as he now has challenged Romero via social media.

“Let’s go Yoel Romero,” Till wrote on Instagram.

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Romero is coming off of a close decision loss to Paulo Costa, and has been seen by many as a possible contender for the title, as Costa has been forced out with injury. With no clear title challenger, champ Adesanya has welcomed a bout with Romero. The question is: Will the UFC throw Romero back into a title fight, or attempt to build up Till by pitting him against the former Cuban national wrestler? The UFC have not made a clear choice as of yet. Romero himself is undoubtedly interested in the coveted title shot, but he has also lost three out of his last four bouts.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com