Darren Till Reacts To Stephen Thompson Wanting Move To Be Banned From MMA

Darren Till has reacted to his latest opponent, Stephen Thompson, wanting a certain move banned from the sport of MMA.

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Darren Till has reacted to his latest opponent, Stephen Thompson, wanting a certain move banned from the sport of MMA.

Till is coming off the biggest win thus far in his pro-MMA career in the main event of UFC Liverpool event back in May that aired live on FOX Sports 1 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, the rising prospect picked up a unanimous decision win over former title contender.

Despite having a tough week leading up to this fight including missing weight, he was able to pick up a notable win over a top name and many believe he is in the running for a crack at the strap except for Till himself. After the fight, Thompson revealed that he tore his MCL in the bout and as a result of it, he demanded that the commissions around the world should ban the oblique kick to the knee that Till used against him because of the damage. Now, Till has responded to the claims made by Thompson.

“I saw the interview did,” Till told MTKGlobal recently. “If he wants leg kicks banned, why don’t we ban spinning head-kicks to the face while we’re at it?

“I was not trying to hurt his knee. I was trying to deaden his leg to stop him using it. That was my strategy. I know he’s had surgery on his left knee and I was not trying to cause him another injury in that area but this is a fight and we’re in the most brutal sport in the world. In my opinion, you can’t really come out and say you want this thing banned or that thing banned.”

“If a rematch with Thompson is what the UFC want me to do, I’ll do the rematch,” Till said. “If he wants another fight, it’ll be the different this time. I’ll be much stronger. If he wants it, he can have it. I’m not one for turning down a fight – especially not a rematch.”

It should be noted that the reason Thompson dropped from number one to the fourth spot after his loss to Till because of that loss, as well as Colby Covington, winning the interim welterweight title in a victory over former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225.

Thus, this leads the promotion to try to book Tyron Woodley against Covington for the welterweight title later this year, which leaves Till out in the cold of the title picture and waiting for his next fight to be made.

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Darren Till on Stephen Thompson: If he Wants a Rematch he Can Have it

Darren Till isn’t backing down from the thought of a rematch with Stephen Thompson. Till and Thompson clashed back in May in the main event of UFC Liverpool. Going into the bout, Till missed weight at 188 pounds. He couldn’t weigh anymore t…

Darren Till isn’t backing down from the thought of a rematch with Stephen Thompson. Till and Thompson clashed back in May in the main event of UFC Liverpool. Going into the bout, Till missed weight at 188 pounds. He couldn’t weigh anymore than that on fight night and he was able to get down to […]

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UFC Welterweight Darren Till: I Want to Fight Kamaru Usman

Darren Till isn’t shy in expressing his desire to go one-on-one with Kamaru Usman. There is no animosity between the two. In fact, Till and Usman took a picture together while in attendance for “The Ultimate Fighter” 27 Finale last ni…

Darren Till isn’t shy in expressing his desire to go one-on-one with Kamaru Usman. There is no animosity between the two. In fact, Till and Usman took a picture together while in attendance for “The Ultimate Fighter” 27 Finale last night (July 6) in Las Vegas. What it boils down to is competition. Till is […]

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Israel Adesanya Eyes Future Bout With Darren Till

“The Last Stylebender,” Israel Adesanya is a wonderful character. The Nigerian born fighter who trains out of City Kickboxing in New Zealand is undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career. He is a former kickboxing phenom, who …

“The Last Stylebender,” Israel Adesanya is a wonderful character. The Nigerian born fighter who trains out of City Kickboxing in New Zealand is undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career. He is a former kickboxing phenom, who once competed under the Glory banner. His next fight is against UFC veteran Brad Tavares. This will […]

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Israel Adesanya Eyes Future Bout With Darren Till

“The Last Stylebender,” Israel Adesanya is a wonderful character. The Nigerian born fighter who trains out of City Kickboxing in New Zealand is undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career. He is a former kickboxing phenom, who …

“The Last Stylebender,” Israel Adesanya is a wonderful character. The Nigerian born fighter who trains out of City Kickboxing in New Zealand is undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career. He is a former kickboxing phenom, who once competed under the Glory banner. His next fight is against UFC veteran Brad Tavares. This will […]

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“Wonderboy” Reveals Style Change After Close Loss To Darren Till

We could see a completely new Stephen Thompson next time out.

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The scorecards haven’t been too favorable to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in his last several Octagon outings.

Thompson, a two-time UFC welterweight title challenger, has seen unfavorable results in four out of his last five fights, which have all gone to the scorecards. The first was ruled a draw with Tyron Woodley in a rousing ‘Fight of the Night’-winning affair at UFC 205 for the 170-pound title.

In their rematch at UFC 209 several months later, the pair again went the distance in what was widely received as an extremely uneventful affair for the most part, but Woodley earned a majority decision nod. Thompson then picked up a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal last November before dropping another decision, this time a unanimous one, to Darren Till in Liverpool, England on May 27.

Recently speaking to MMA Junkie, “Wonderboy” admitted that he and his father discussed a possible switch-up in style going forward in attempt to correct this:

“That’s something I talked about with my pops right after this last fight,” Thompson said.

“There’s always something you can work on, but just change some stuff up. Work different techniques that I’ve been wanting to work on a whole lot more, than I don’t usually throw when I fight. Just to keep them guessing. My last few losses were controversial. I’ve got to do more. I can’t leave it in the judge’s hands anymore.”

Thompson is arguably the best pure striker the UFC has to offer. If he adopted more of an aggressive style rather than his traditionally conservative karate roots, some believe he might become one of the promotion’s more frequent finishers.

Keeping that in mind, Thompson said that simply isn’t his style but agrees that might need to change in his next fight:

“Sometimes people say, ‘You’ve got to go out there and grit your teeth and just throw,’” Thompson said. “That’s never been my style, but I think I need to be a little bit more aggressive instead of counterpunching. There are other parts of the game I can go work on to keep my opponent guessing.

“Everyone I fight in the future is going to be like, ‘All right, he doesn’t do too well with guys that aggressive.’ There are going to be different techniques we can work on so we don’t leave it in the judge’s hands. I know I can say that, but I’ve just got to go out there and I can’t make it close anymore.”

“Wonderboy” then teased working on his wrestling and jiu-jitsu a bit more, and perhaps implementing those skills in the Octagon on a more regular basis as well:

“I’m definitely going to work on some techniques that hopefully will throw my opponents off and really allow me to open up whenever I’m out there fighting,” Thompson said. “I’m definitely going to work on my wrestling and jiu-jitsu a little more and you never know.

“The next fight you may see a little bit more of that. I work it religiously, but when I’m out there fighting I just don’t use it enough. I’ve got to go out there and use some of that. I’m a better, well-rounded fighter than people think.”

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