Darren Till: Nobody Is Stopping Me In Front Of My Hometown

Next month (May 27, 2018), rising welterweight contender Darren Till will face the toughest test of his career, as he’s set to take on former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 from his hometown of Liverpool, England. The two were recently set to meet face-to-face at the […]

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Next month (May 27, 2018), rising welterweight contender Darren Till will face the toughest test of his career, as he’s set to take on former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 from his hometown of Liverpool, England.

The two were recently set to meet face-to-face at the UFC’s 25th anniversary press conference, but Till wasn’t able to make it:

“I was gutted I couldn’t make it,” Till told MMA Fighting.“It would have been good to put the fear of God in him, wouldn’t it? I only watched some bits of [the 25th anniversary press conference]. I know people wanted me to be there, but I really couldn’t be there. I know people wanted to see me face off with Stephen and what would happen, but don’t worry that’s all coming.”

Till has received quite a bit of attention throughout his UFC run thus far, but judging by comments he made on a recent edition of The MMA Hour, “Wonderboy” doesn’t seem to be too impressed with the Englishman, who’s coming off of a vicious first-round TKO victory over Donald Cerrone last October.

As far as those comments go, Till seemed a bit surprised by Thompson’s take:

“I did see it. I really didn’t think it was Stephen Thompson when I was listening to him. He usually comes across as a good, respectful guy when he’s talking about his opponents,” Till said.

“Why is he talking like that about me? Is he upset that he had to take the fight against me? You know, I’m a nobody as far as some people are concerned, but I really didn’t think that was the real Stephen Thompson.”

In the end though, Till appears to be nothing short of confident regarding his matchup with “Wonderboy” and he’s planning on putting on a strong performance for the Liverpool faithful:

“Nobody is going to stop me in front of my hometown crowd. I know it’s going to be a success on May 27th,” stated Till.

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Darren Till Surprised With Stephen Thompson’s Assessment of His Striking

Stephen Thompson’s latest comments have taken Darren Till by surprise. Till and Thompson are set to meet inside the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The welterweight scrap will headline UFC Liverpool on May 27. It’ll be Till’s second…

Stephen Thompson’s latest comments have taken Darren Till by surprise. Till and Thompson are set to meet inside the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The welterweight scrap will headline UFC Liverpool on May 27. It’ll be Till’s second headlining spot and Thompson’s fifth. “The Gorilla” saw a nice boost in recognition thanks to a first-round TKO victory over Donald […]

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Stephen Thompson Insists Darren Till Is Too Predictable

On May 27, 2018, former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will enter enemy territory to face a rising prospect, as he’s scheduled to take on Darren Till in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 at the Echo Arena in Till’s home of Liverpool, England. Till, a massive 170 pounder, has […]

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On May 27, 2018, former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will enter enemy territory to face a rising prospect, as he’s scheduled to take on Darren Till in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 at the Echo Arena in Till’s home of Liverpool, England.

Till, a massive 170 pounder, has gained recognition not only due to his brash personality, but due to his high level skill set. He’s displayed strong striking and has put together a 16-0-1 record that includes 10 knockouts and four UFC victories.

“Wonderboy”, however, feels as if the 25-year-old Englishman is too ‘predictable’:

“I think I’ve faced better strikers,” he told Submission Radio. “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.”

It’s certainly true that Thompson has faced and conquered superior competition throughout his 12-fight UFC career compared to the opposition Till has faced. 

Prior to back-to-back fights against welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in 2016 and 2017, Thompson had won seven consecutive fights. Most recently, he’s coming off of an impressive victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 last November.

Till, meanwhile, is coming off of a vicious first-round stoppage victory over Donald Cerrone last October.

Will he be able to pick up another victory over a top name?

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Stephen Thompson on Darren Till: ‘I’ve Faced Better Strikers’

Stephen Thompson doesn’t sound too worried about the striking of Darren Till. Thompson and Till are set to clash in the main event of UFC Liverpool. The action takes place inside the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on May 27. Tickets have alread…

Stephen Thompson doesn’t sound too worried about the striking of Darren Till. Thompson and Till are set to clash in the main event of UFC Liverpool. The action takes place inside the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on May 27. Tickets have already been sold out. Going into this bout, Till has a professional mixed martial arts record […]

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UFC Liverpool Sells Out In Under An Hour

UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool is a highly anticipated event that is headlined by Liverpool’s own UFC welterweight Darren Till. Darren Till, whose record currently stands at 16-0-1, will take on Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The eve…

UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool is a highly anticipated event that is headlined by Liverpool’s own UFC welterweight Darren Till. Darren Till, whose record currently stands at 16-0-1, will take on Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The event takes place on May 27th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The general sale for UFC Liverpool started […]

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Dana White Says Tyron Woodley Brought Him ‘Doctor’s Note’

The MMA world got some exciting news – in many different forms – this week, and part of that was the interim welterweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington at May’s UFC 224 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apparently still recovering from shoulder surgery, current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley questioned the need […]

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The MMA world got some exciting news – in many different forms – this week, and part of that was the interim welterweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington at May’s UFC 224 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Apparently still recovering from shoulder surgery, current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley questioned the need for another interim belt, but it was reportedly due to him turning down an opportunity.

Although he did fight in four title fights in just under a year from July 2016 – July 2017, Woodley has been out since undergoing a procedure for a torn labrum suffered in his incredibly boring decision win over Demian Maia at last July’s UFC 214.

And according to UFC President Dana White, “The Chosen One” likely won’t make his return to the Octagon until August 2018 at the earliest:

“Tyron Woodley, we were trying to get him to fight,” White told UFC Tonight. “He came back with a doctor’s note that says he is injured and cannot fight until August.”

Prior to his victory over Maia, Woodley had successfully defended his title twice against Stephen Thompson, fighting “Wonderboy” to a majority draw at UFC 205 and winning a decision in their rematch at UFC 209.

Upon his return, it’s likely that Woodley would take on the winner of the bout between dos Anjos and Covington, but the welterweight division is moving forward as a whole as well.

For example, Kamaru Usman will face off against Sanitago Ponizinibbio in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129 on May 29, 2018 in Chile.

Then, Thompson and rising contender Darren Till will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27, 2018 in Liverpool.

Which fight are you most looking forward to and who would you like to see Woodley square off with upon his return?

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