Darren Till: ‘Mike Perry Is One Of The Guys I Really Like In The Sport, I Want Him To Do Well’
Darren Till and Mike Perry have been known for having their differences, but earlier this week the Brit spoke out in defence of his welterweight rival.
Till and Perry were famously involved in an altercation at UFC Gdansk when the two trash talked each other through the cage after Till had just beaten Cerrone. Talk of a fight between the two of them followed in the months after, but with Perry suffering back-to-back losses to Santiago Ponzinibbio and then Max Griffin, that now appears to have died down with their paths taking different courses.
Despite the tension between the two of them, Till spoke to The TSN MMA Show earlier this week about admiration for Perry and why deep down he likes him.
“I really like Mike and I want better things for Mike,” Till said. “I think he’s misunderstood. I don’t think he’s UFC top-10 calibre right now and I think he needs to work on his game a lot more.
“Mike Perry is one of the guys I really like in the sport, I want him to do well.
“If that fight ever happens then I’m more than happy to fight him, but right now, I think he needs to put his head together a bit and put some specific training in.”
Till went on to say that he thinks Perry should make some changes in his training to get back to winning ways and that he should focus on more than just his stand up.
That said, his underlying respect for Perry was glowingly evident and he appears to want to see Perry get back on track.
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“I just think that everyone thinks that he’s just crazy and delusional, but Mike actually believes what he says,” Till said.
“That’s a powerful tool if you use it in the right way. I just think his training needs to be a little different and more specified. Not just going in the gym and hitting bags and some pads with his boxing training.
“I think he needs a few specific movements and footwork drills, distance control, but I’m not a coach. That’s just my opinion mate.
“I want Mike to do well.”