Robert Whittaker has responded to Darren Till’s challenge and it looks like the pair will meet in London next year.
Till had called out Whittaker on social media as the Liverpool fighter looks to move his way up the UFC middleweight rankings.
He wrote: “Let’s fight at UFC London then @robwhittakermma?”
When his potential opponent failed to respond Till doubled down on his proposal for a fight.
He said: “It’s currently 8.42am in Melbourne Australia, why aren’t you returning my calls Rob?”
This provoked a response from Whittaker and he accepted the offer of a bout.
“Sorry mate was pumping iron. See you in London,” he said.
Whittaker was the UFC middleweight title holder until he was beaten by Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 in October.
Till snapped a two-fight losing streak with a victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 having suffered defeats to Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal.
The 26-year-old also revealed his dream was to face the unbeaten Adesanya at Anfield.
“That would be the dream fight – me vs. Israel. I think that would sellout a stadium and obviously look what it would bring to Liverpool. It would just be such a legacy changing fight. I think it’d unbelievable.”
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Former middleweight champion Michael Bisping also heaped praise on Till for his win over Gastelum.
“It was very impressive because it is hard to come back after two crushing defeats like that,” he told talkSPORT.com.
“And certainly when they are back-to-back, it is not easy.
“He did himself proud, he did the country proud.
“He should be very proud of himself. It was a good fight; a tough fight, a close fight. And it was against a very tough opponent so he did tremendous.”