No.7 ranked welterweight in the world, Darren Till has been trying to lock down a fight against Stephen Thompson for the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, England.
Till, who has not set his foot inside the Octagon since defeating Donald Cerrone via knockout back in October 2017, was considered as a potential headliner for the event, but he has yet to be given an opponent for the card, nothing is official as of yet.
“Stephen Thompson is a great striker,” Till said. “He’s smart, he’s not a brawler. His style is very well thought out, just like mine is as well. I know I can be smarter than him in the Octagon. I don’t want to beat him after five rounds. I want to knock him out. I want to devastate his life.”
Stephen Thompson (14-2-1), meanwhile hasn’t fought since picking up a victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 this past November, but he suffered thumb injuries in that fight, so it’s unclear whether he will or not able to take that fight in May.
But there is another contender Leon Edwards who call out Darren Till, who just so happened to be sitting cage side.
Edwards who just picked up his fifth straight win inside the Octagon on (Sat., March 17, 2018) by knocking out Peter Sobotta.
Till said, even after beating Thompson, he wouldn’t call out any contender or take any shortcut for a title fight.
“Even if I beat Thompson I won’t grab the microphone and ask for a title shot,” Till said. “I want to prove I’m the best and not be like Colby Covington who defeated some guys and wants to force his way into a title shot because he knows he’s not good enough. I want to defeat everybody, put the belt around my shoulder and think ‘Now what? Who can beat me?’ I want no shortcuts on my way to the belt. And If I’m bested on my way there, screw it.”
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