At UFC Liverpool, hometown boy Darren Till defeated two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision earlier in May.
After the fight, Thompson revealed that he tore his MCL and demanded to ban the oblique kick to the knee which Till used to cause that injury. Now, a few months later, Till has responded.
“I saw the interview did,” Till told MTKGlobal recently. “If he wants leg kicks banned, why don’t we ban spinning head-kicks to the face while we’re at it?
“I was not trying to hurt his knee. I was trying to deaden his leg to stop him using it. That was my strategy. I know he’s had surgery on his left knee and I was not trying to cause him another injury in that area but this is a fight and we’re in the most brutal sport in the world. In my opinion, you can’t really come out and say you want this thing banned or that thing banned.”
Another example of the oblique kick hyper extending the knee was at UFC 213 last year when Yoel Romero trashed Robert Whittaker’s knee in the first round itself. Whittaker continued with the discomfort to still win the fight via unanimous decision.
Till concluded saying he’s open for a rematch against Thompson.
“If a rematch with Thompson is what the UFC want me to do, I’ll do the rematch,” Till said. “If he wants another fight, it’ll be the different this time. I’ll be much stronger. If he wants it, he can have it. I’m not one for turning down a fight – especially not a rematch.”