Video: Darren Till erupts at police officers in confrontation over wearing mask

Locked down in the U.K. as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Darren Till livestreamed a confrontation with police officers over wearing a mask.

Till is shown in multiple videos screaming at officers as he stops for gas. The location where the video was filmed is unclear; Till resides in Liverpool, which is subject to the same restrictions that lawmakers say could last until March.

“Why am I out at my local garage getting water, and he’s coming out asking me about a mask,” Till rants as a pair of officers stand outside his car. “And I said, ‘Mate, I’ve got no proof right now.’ So let me on my way then.”

As the officer tries to talk Till down, the UFC middleweight interrupts, “Go away! Now! You’re a muppet! Get out of my face! Look how you’ve got me speaking!”

Masks have been the subject of many a viral video across the world as authorities attempt to enforce mandates to wear them in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19. After relaxing restrictions in late 2020, the U.K. government this past month implemented another lockdown as a new, more contagious strain of the virus was discovered in the country.

Till most recently fought this past July at UFC Fight Island 3, where he lost a unanimous decision to ex-champ Robert Whittaker. He is 1-1 since moving to the middleweight division from welterweight.

Shortly after the confrontation, Till posted on his official Instagram a message in support of wearing masks and explained his side of the story. The veteran fighter said he told police he was “exempt” from wearing a mask after being confronted by an officer, but added he couldn’t prove that. He did not say why he is exempt from wearing a mask, though current U.K. guidelines detail several scenarios where people don’t need to wear one, including an “elite sports person, professional dancer or referee acting in the course of … employment.”

Till said he became agitated after the officer followed him and insinuated he might be arrested or fined.

“Even though in my mind I was in the right, I lost my temper with that officer, because he was searching and fishing for something. He’s obstructing me, obstructing my night. … He was just clutching at straws. He had nothing, because I was doing nothing.”

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