Former UFC welterweight title contender Stephen Thompson locks horns with division’s top prospect Darren Till in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130, which is set to take place in Liverpool on May 27.
Fan-favourite Thompson who is coming of a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 this past November. Prior to that ‘Wonderboy’ who had back-to-back title shots against champion Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley, was anticipating to face one of the fighters ranked directly below him as Till hadn’t earned the right to fight him.
Thompson was bit surprised when UFC offered him a Till’s fight, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking the rising prospect lightly. However, since his last win at UFC 217, Wonderboy is sidelined and recovering from a thumb injury.
Thompson spoke to Submission Radio; he feels beating Englishman will be as ‘easy’ as beating Johny Hendricks:(Quote Via MMAMania)
“I think I’ve faced better strikers. I think Rory MacDonald is a great striker, I think Jorge Masvidal is an excellent striker. I think [Till is] kind of predictable. I think him coming out there, he might have a few tricks up his sleeve, but whenever you’re pushed, whenever you’re pressured you always go back to the way you usually fight. I remember Johny Hendricks coming out there saying he’s got something new, but whenever he was pressured he went back to his old self, and that’s what made it easy.”
Darren Till began campaigning for a fight with Stephen Thompson immediately after scoring a first-round TKO win over longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, the biggest victory of his career so far.
The 170-pound weight class recently has been locked in a bit of a delay. The thing has begun to smooth out in recent weeks, though, with several welterweight bouts coming together, as Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos will square off at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago and Till Vs. Thompson on May 27. So it will clarify who is eligible to get a title shot fight with Woodley.
How do you think Thompson vs. Till will play out?