Darren Till has now been booked to fight Gastelum at the November New York event, but Hermansson underlined that he holds no ill-will towards the Liverpudlian for getting the bout. However, with Till riding a two-fight losing streak, “The Joker” thinks he’s putting himself in a tough position by debuting in the higher weight class against one of the best middleweights on the UFC’s books.
“It’s alright, there was an opportunity for him there and I understand that he’s a big name as well, but on the other hand I think that Darren is putting himself in a tough position,” Hermansson told MMA Fighting’s podcast.
“He has been having a hard time and now he’s moving up a weight class and fighting one of the biggest names. Should he lose this fight there’s a big chance that he won’t be a relative as he was before.”
“I’m alright with [the fight]. I know how this game works — bigger names will get bigger opportunities. I guess that’s what we’re seeing here,” he added.
The top-ranked Scandinavian middleweight thinks there were some better matchups to introduce Till to the division, but believes it won’t take long to see if Till can be a force in the higher weight class.
“[There had to be] at least one other guy out of the top ten [Till could have faced], right? I feel like [Gastelum is a tough matchup for Till]. Also, style-WISe, I feel like Till stands with his hands open wide and Gastelum has one of the best one-twos in the game, so it’s going to be interesting. I guess we’re going to see pretty quickly if Darren has something to add to this weight class.”