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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Stephen Thompson Wants Robbie Lawler In South Carolina

Stephen Thompson wants to main event the UFC’s debut in his home state of South Carolina, and he knows exactly who he’d want to share the Octagon with for the occasion. The 35-year-old former former 170-pound title challenger comes off a di…

Stephen Thompson wants to main event the UFC’s debut in his home state of South Carolina, and he knows exactly who he’d want to share the Octagon with for the occasion. The 35-year-old former former 170-pound title challenger comes off a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Darren Till in England this past May. In order […]

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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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Stephen Thompson Isn’t Sold on UFC Adding More Weight Classes

Stephen Thompson doesn’t see the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) adding more weight classes anytime soon. Much has been made over the bevy of failed weight cuts in mixed martial arts. The problem seems to be more prominent under the UFC bann…

Stephen Thompson doesn’t see the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) adding more weight classes anytime soon. Much has been made over the bevy of failed weight cuts in mixed martial arts. The problem seems to be more prominent under the UFC banner. UFC president Dana White is working with athletic commissions to go back to afternoon […]

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Stephen Thomspons Claims Controversial Move Should Be Banned From MMA

Should this move be banned from MMA competition?

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Following his controversial unanimous decision defeat to Darren Till at May’s UFC Liverpool, top UFC welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson took the loss like a true pro and didn’t complain.

However, that’s not exactly the case at the current moment.

Thompson is now recovering from a significant knee injury sustained in the fight with Till, and he recently told BJPenn.com that after watching the fight, he believes it stemmed from a second-round side kick to the knee, a tactic that slowed him throughout the fight but had a far more devastating effect when he heard ‘cracking and popping’:

“I did finally watch the fight man. Me and my coaches came back and watched the fight. You know, there was one thing that really slowed me down during the fight and that was the side kick to the knee. It caught me just right in the center of the knee in the first or second round. I believe it was the second round if I remember correctly.

“But yeah man, I heard some cracking and popping and it slowed me down tremendously so it was hard for me to move around the way I wanted to. I was also worried that if he hit it again the fight would be over. Not just that but also my career. It would have been devastating to tear my ACL for a second time. But yeah after watching the fight, you know, there’s always something you can go back and work on.”

‘Wonderboy’ elaborated further on just how serious his injury from the fight with Till was, revealing that he did tear his MCL in the bout but thankfully would not require more surgery:

“You know I tore my MCL in the fight with Till. We did an MRI and thankfully nothing else was damaged. No surgery is required for this injury but I have to give it at least eight weeks to heal properly before I can get back to training.”

Facing an eight-week recovery before he can return to training, ‘Wonderboy’ agreed that side kicks to the knee should be banned from MMA competition. He cited recent instances such as Robert Whittaker’s torn ACL in his first bout versus Yoel Romero last year, noting that Whittaker chose to use the move himself during the rematch, and also stated his belief that Till was legitimately trying to injure him:

“Yeah I feel you there man,” said Thompson. “I honestly think that strike should be made illegal. It could end somebodies career. You know Robert Whittaker had to have ACL surgery following his first fight with Yoel Romero due to that particular strike. And as you could see, Robert Whittaker made sure to beat Yoel Romero to the punch in their second fight. He threw a lot more than he did this time around.

“It is just a very dangerous technique. I think a lot of fighters throw that strike but sometimes it is for different reasons. When I fought Jorge Masvidal he used that same side kick to the knee. But when Jorge threw it, he was doing so just to keep me away. Not in an attempt to injure my knee. But when I was in the cage fighting Till it felt like ok this guy is trying to break my leg. It was like he had intentions of ripping everything out in my knee. That’s how I felt anyway. Like this dude is really trying to injure me in here. I think it an ugly strike and that it should be made illegal.”

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Stephen Thompson Wants Knee Side Kicks Banned After Till Fight

Following a five-round battle against Darren Till at UFC Liverpool, Stephen Thompson has stated he feels side kicks to the knee should be banned after suffering an MCL tear as a result of the move in his fight with the Liverpool native. Thompson, who w…

Following a five-round battle against Darren Till at UFC Liverpool, Stephen Thompson has stated he feels side kicks to the knee should be banned after suffering an MCL tear as a result of the move in his fight with the Liverpool native. Thompson, who was defeated by Till via unanimous decision in Liverpool, has been […]

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