It looks like UFC Welterweight division is finally moving up again. One more interim title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington is in the phase of negotiation, and Darren Till Vs Stephen Thompson is very near to become the main event of the evening on May 27, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Darren Till was previously a headliner versus the opponent who should have been decided.
Breaking! Per sources Stephen Thompson answers the call! “Wonderboy” is set to fight Darren Till in the main event of #UFCLiverpool
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) March 23, 2018
A journalist for MMA Fighting and the host for MMAHour, Ariel Helwani, confirmed that Darren Till Vs Stephen Thompson is close but not finalized yet. (via MMAMania.com)
Close. UFC has wanted that one for months, and it’s close, but not 100% at this moment. https://t.co/imp8SBbvCU
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 23, 2018
When it comes to entertainment, Thompson is a good choice, but it is also a big test for Darren Till. Thompson has a great striking ability and a karate background, and he was so close to the title when he earned a draw against Tyron Woodley at UFC 205. He lost narrowly in the controversial rematch via split decision at UFC 209. Tyron Woodley is one of the fighters who forced “The Wonderboy” into a boring fight. In his last performance, Stephen Thompson defeated Jorge Masvidal.
Meanwhile, Darren Till had a first-round KO versus Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118. He is a very strong Welterweight, and he demonstrated that he knows to cut the distance and force their opponents to the fence. Till has had cardio issues in the past, and Darren Till Vs Stephen Thompson could be a great way to test his endurance.
Both fighters prefer long, somewhat similar hands-low stance, and this will be a great showdown. You have Till’s pressure against Thompson’s world-class striking and distance fighting.
Who knows, maybe Thompson is the great opponent for Till, two different styles are facing. What do you think, will Darren Till Vs Stephen Thompson be an interesting fight to watch?