Tyron Woodley Says ‘Gatekeeper’ Stephen Thompson Will Do ‘Light Work’ Of Darren Till

Undefeated welterweight sharpshooter Darren Till has proven he belongs among the welterweight elite. With the most recently he is coming off a huge knockout win over Donald Cerrone this past October confirming his status as a top prospect.

That being said, Till is set to fight Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in the main headliner of UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27 from Liverpool, England.

Tyron Woodley who scores the UFC welterweight title in July 2016 with a first-round knockout win over Robbie Lawler and defended that title three times between November 2016 and July 2017. Woodley is currently rehabbing his shoulder and will not return until later this year.

Woodley’s assessment of “Wonderboy’s” upcoming fight is that he will stop the Darren Till’s momentum because Woodley has a history with “Wonderboy,” as both fought previously which includes two title fights in the span of four months:

“‘Wonderboy’ the gatekeeper,” Woodley said earlier this week during Q&A on Instagram Live (h/t MMAjunkie). “He’ll do all my light work for me. All the dudes that think they want a shot at the strap, they’ve got to go through him, and ain’t nobody do it yet. I think Thompson (will win) man, to be honest. I know I’ve talked a lot of trash about Thompson, more in light joking. But Thompson is a very difficult puzzle to figure out. And it took me a lot of time, a lot of money, a lot of training partners to figure him out.

“I just don’t think Till has what it takes to take him out. With that said, I’ve got to go with ‘Wonderboy,’ even though he’s never said I was going to win a fight. But I’m just going to be a real guy and be honest: I think he’s going to win.”

Woodley last fought against Demian Maia in July 2017. Meanwhile, Thompson recovered from his loss to Woodley with a win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217.

As for Woodley’s return to Octagon, he doesn’t really care who he fights next, after all the squash he has gone through this year.

“I don’t even want to talk about who I want next because any time I mention a fighter, for some reason people have a different approach about it,” Woodley said. “I would rather just go out there and whoop everybody’s ass one by one. Whoever you guys and the UFC decides I’m going to fight next, that’s the person who is going to get the biz, and after that there’s not going to be nobody left.”

Do you agree with Tyron Woodley’s assessment that Thompson will defeat Darren Till?

Published on March 31, 2018 at 12:00 am
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